Selected Research

Participatory Design for Underserved Populations

I work with a group of faculty and graduate students from the University of Michigan School of Information and DePaul University to review and analyze existing literature on Participatory Design methods. Our goal is to understand and contribute to existing research methods for working with and collaborating with underrepresented and low-income communities.

Information Technologies and Political Activism

My latest research examines the impact of information technologies on political engagement. I research the ways in which information technologies in general and social media in particular shift traditional understandings of citizenship, civil society, and political leadership. Current research projects include a collaborative project on the use of social media in the 2014 Romanian presidential elections and research on the new trend in the video gaming industry, the so-called Games for Social Change.

Selected conference presentations:

Galusca, R, and Joyojeet Pal. “The Rise of the Social Media Politician: The cases of Narendra Modi and Klaus Iohannis.” International Communication Association. San Diego, CA, May 25-29, 2017.

Dillahunt, Tawanna, A. Israni, S. Erete, D. Nacu, R. Galusca, P. Sengers. “Reflections on Design Methods for Underserved Communities.” Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). Portland, OR, February 25-March 1, 2017.

Round Table, “Affective Networks, Political Organizing & Embodiment Online.” National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukee, WI,  November 12-15, 2015.

“Ethical Design and Social Change in Social Justice Games.” ECREA 2015: Political Agency in the Digital Age. Media, Participation and Democracy. Copenhagen, Denmark, October 9-10, 2015.

(Roundtable with Rachel Afi Quinn) “Twitter Politics: Doing Social Activism in the Age of New Media.” Future of Minority Studies Annual Symposium, Atlanta, GA, 14-16 September 2012