human development and family studies

Transition Center, 2 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2150 (ph); 401.874.4020 (f)

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Annemarie Vaccaro

  • Associate Professor, College Student Personnel Graduate Program Director
  • Quinn Hall, Rm 220
  • Phone: 401.874.2270
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Dr. Vaccaro strives to be an engaged educator whose teaching, research, and service are connected by a commitment to social justice and passion for inclusive praxis. She is also committed to being actively engaged in both the field of student affairs and the URI community. At URI, she is involved in a variety of social justice programs (LGBT Fellows), events (Women’s Leadership Initiative), and committees (e.g., Equity Council, President’s LGBTQ Commission, Academic Affairs Diversity Task Force). Over the past decade, she has volunteered for numerous professional leadership and committee roles in NASPA and ASHE. One of her current roles is an editorial board member for the NASPA Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.


Dr. Vaccaro’s research interests focus on the intersections between college student development and gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation. Her scholarship is inspired by critical and feminist perspectives which call attention to underlying inequalities embedded in society and social structures such as higher education. She uses qualitative methods to examine the rich and complicated higher education experiences of diverse students, faculty, and staff.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Denver, 2005
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Denver, 2005
  • M.A., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • B.A., Social Sciences and History, Castleton State College, 1994



Vaccaro, A. & Camba-Kelsay, M. J. (2016). Centering women of color in academic counterspaces: A critical race analysis of teaching, learning, and classroom dynamics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Vaccaro, A., McCoy, B., Champagne, D., & Siegel, M. (2013). Decisions Matter: Using a Decision Making Framework with Contemporary Student Affairs Case Studies. Washington, D.C.: NASPA.

Vaccaro, A., August, G., & Kennedy, M. S. (2012). Safe spaces: Making schools and communities welcoming to LGBT youth. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Recent Journal Articles

Vaccaro, A. (Online First, 2017). Does my story belong? An intersectional critical race feminist analysis of student silence in a diverse classroom. The Journal About Women in Higher Education. Online first:

Vaccaro, A. & Newman, B. M. (Online First, In Press 2017). Belonging through the eyes of first-year LGBP students: A multi-layered analysis. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 1-13. doi:10.1080/19496591.2016.1211533

Kimball, E. W., Moore, A., Vaccaro, A., Troiano, P. F. & Newman, B. M. (2016). College students with disabilities redefine activism: Self-advocacy, storytelling and collective action. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 9(3), 245-260.

Adams, S. K., Williford, D. N., Vaccaro, A., Kisler, T. S., Francis, A., Newman, B. M. (2016). The Young and the Restless: Socializing trumps sleep, fear of missing out, and technological distractions in first year college students. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 1-12. doi:10.1080/02673843.2016.1181557

Kimball, E. W., Vaccaro, A. & Vargas, N. (2016). Student affairs professionals supporting students with disabilities: A grounded theory model. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 53(2), 175-189. doi:10.1080/19496591.2016.1118697

Miller, R. A. & Vaccaro, A. (2016) Queer student leaders of color: Leadership as authentic, collaborative, culturally competent. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 53(1), 1-12. doi:10.1080/19496591.2016.1087858

Vaccaro, A. (2015). “It’s Not One Size Fits All”: Diversity among Student Veterans. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 52(4), 1-12. doi:10.1080/19496591.2015.1067224

Vaccaro, A., Adams, S. K., Kisler, T. S., & Newman, B.M. (2015). The use of social media for navigating the transition to college. Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 27(2), 21- 40.

Vaccaro, A., Daly-Cano, M., & Newman, B. (2015). A Sense of belonging among college students with disabilities: An emergent theoretical model. Journal of College Student Development, 56(7), 670- 686. doi:10.1353/csd.20150072

Daly-Cano, M., Vaccaro, A., & Newman, B. M. (2015). College student narratives about learning and using self-advocacy skills. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 28(2), 209-223.

Mena, J. & Vaccaro, A. (2013). Tell me you love me no matter what: Relationships and self-esteem among LGBQ young adults. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 9(1), 3-23. doi:10.1080/1550428X.2013.746052

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