Soto, Victoria Maria De Francesco | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Duke University
  • M.A. in Political Science, Duke University
  • B.A. in Political Science & Latin American Studies, University of Arizona
  • Political Psychology Summer Institute, Stanford University
  • ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, University of Michigan
Research Areas
  • Campaigns & Elections
  • Immigration
  • Women & Politics
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is a lecturer at The University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was selected as one of UT’s Game Changers. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Mexican-American and Latino Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies. Soto received her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, during which time she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse magazine, she previously taught at Northwestern University and Rutgers.

In her research and teaching, DeFrancesco Soto brings an interdisciplinary lens to the understanding of American politics and policy. Her areas of expertise include immigration, women and politics, political psychology, and campaigns and elections. 

DeFrancesco Soto is a contributor to MSNBC and NBCNews.com, as well as a regular political analyst for Telemundo. She has provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision and NPR, and has appeared on HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher." Most recently, she was a featured expert in the PBS documentary "Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice," about the civil rights trailblazer. DeFrancesco Soto also has been published in both academic and popular outlets such as POLITICO, Talking Points Memo and Perspectives on Politics, where she has translated social science research into a more relatable form of information for a wide variety of audiences. 

Media Expertise
  • Latino Public Policy
  • State & National Campaign Politics
  • Immigration
  • Women in Politics

Newsworthy

NewsApril 11, 2019
The LBJ School at the Summit on Race in America

The LBJ School community of students, faculty, alumni and staff was proud to partake — on stage, in the audience and online — in The Summit on Race in America, hosted by the LBJ Foundation April 8–10. Civil rights leaders, activists, musicians and comedians gathered for three days of candid conversations on America's racial divide.

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NewsMarch 25, 2019
Royce Brooks of Annie's List talks campaigns at LBJ

On March 27, Royce Brooks, executive director of Annie's List — an organization started in 2003 to recruit, train and support progressive women running for office at both the state and local levels in Texas — will join LBJ School students for a lunchtime session to discuss getting involved in campaigns and governing.

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NewsMarch 25, 2019
LBJ School student team named a regional winner of the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student simulation competition

A team of seven LBJ School of Public Affairs students was named regional winner of the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Feb. 23. The LBJ School was one of 11 global sites to host the competition, a partnership between the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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