I am a sociologist and data scientist at the University of Florida (UF). I’m based in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law as an assistant professor, and I’m affiliated with the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the One Health Center, and the Center for European Studies at UF.
Most of my work is concerned with social networks, migration, and health in Europe and the US. I’m especially interested in the way networks of social interactions, relationships and support develop in immigrant communities and shape immigrants’ lives and health in different countries. I’ve conducted research on the Sri Lankan community in Italy, West African immigrants in Spain, Roma people in France, and Mexican farm workers in Florida.
I’m also interested in the study of science and scientific collaboration. I co-lead the UF BEBR/CTSI Network Science Lab, which applies network analysis, natural language processing and computational methods to the study of collaboration, productivity, communities, and inequalities in science. Part of my work is methodological research on network analysis and statistical modeling for social network data. I teach courses on migration, health disparities, social networks, quantitative methods for social research, and data analysis with R.Vacca_CV_2021-07