Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is a political scientist that got the political nerd bug in middle school student council. Today she hangs her hat at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and engages in political wonkiness on MSNBC, NBCNews.com, and Telemundo among others. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding the politics, policies and people that shape our fascinating yet frustrating political landscape. Her areas of expertise include immigration, Latinos, women, political psych, & elections.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This post first appeared on NBCLatino

By this time next week the Latino caucus in the U.S. Senate will have increased by 50 percent and perhaps have even doubled. Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz is a shoe in and come January will be joining Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio. And if Arizona Senate candidate Rich Carmona can inch beyond the dead heat of his race he too will be heading to Washington in the new year.

Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Richard Carmona are living proof of the American Dream. Both men are the sons of immigrants pulling themselves up by their bootstraps to become accomplished professionals in their respective fields – law for Cruz and medicine for Carmona.

Both men also got their start in the world of politics under George W. Bush’s presidential administration. Carmona served as Surgeon General and Cruz worked in the Department of Justice. But that’s about it when it comes to the similarities between both men.

Politically these candidates are a valley apart. (more…)

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