Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Victoria is currently a Senior Analyst for Latino Decisions and a Senior Fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Her research on political behavior has been widely published in scholarly journals and cited in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Time, and POLITICO. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Victoria provides political analysis on both US politics and its implications for countries abroad.
Victoria’s research analyzes how social identities shape political behavior. Her academic work focuses on: campaigns and elections, political marketing, women, race and ethnic politics, and immigration. She also serves on the editorial board of Politics,Groups, and Identities. She is currently working on a book project that looks at the integration of Latinos in the American polity.
In her media analysis Victoria is passionate about making social science relatable to real time political events. Victoria is a MSNBC contributor and a regular political analyst for Telemundo. She is also a regular blogger for POLITICO’S Arena, Huffington Post, and NBCLatino.
Victoria received her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and was recently named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse magazine. She has also taught at Northwestern University and Rutgers. Victoria is a proud native of Cochise County in Southern Arizona. She is of Italian-Jewish-Mexican heritage and lives in beautiful Austin, Texas with her husband Neftali Garcia.