Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

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

Recent Media

Politics makes for strange bedfellows and Arizona’s opposition to SB 1070 is a poster child for odd alliances – Chamber of Commerce Republicans, Mormons, and Latinos.  The reasons for their opposition to SB 1070 differs as do their visibility.  But in the end all parties feel aggrieved by SB 1070 and seek to prevent the expansion of an SB 1070 policy agenda.  More concretely, this group seeks to recall the architect of the bill, senate president Russell Pearce.  (more…)

Arizona state senator Russell Pearce holds the dubious honor of being the first elected official to face a recall election.[1]  The movement to recall Pearce, the author of SB 1070, has been gaining traction among a motley crew of chamber of commerce Republicans, Latinos, and Mormons (AZ Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows).  Together, this coalition has money, manpower, and motivation.  At first sight it seems like the recall actually has a shot at bringing down Pearce.  However, the likelihood of unseating Pearce is small.  All politics is local and it does not matter how many Arizonans want Pearce to go, what matters is Pearce’s strong base within his district and the oodles of cash he will have to remind District 18 voters that he’s their guy. (more…)