Soto, Victoria M. De Francesco | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is an adjunct professor of public affairs and fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School at The University of Texas. Soto was recently named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse Magazine. Victoria’s research analyzes how social identities shape political behavior. Her academic expertise centers on: campaigns and elections, political marketing, women, race and ethnic politics, and immigration. In the media sphere. Victoria is a contributor to MSNBC and NBCLatino, where her weekly political opinion column appears. She is also a regular political analyst for Telemundo. Through these different outlets, Victoria strives to translate social science research into a more relatable form of information for a wide variety of audiences.

Media Expertise
  • Congress
  • Domestic Politics
  • Immigration Reform
  • State and national campaign politics
  • U.S. government and politics
  • Campaigns
  • Presidency
  • Mexico
  • Latin America
  • Civil Rights
  • Presidential Policymaking
  • U.S./Latin America Relations
  • Elections
  • Gender Issues
  • Immigration
  • Politics
  • U.S. Federal Government/Policy
  • Women in Politics


Media MentionDecember 12, 2016
Voices: This is How Voting Rights Are Violated: It Happened to Me

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto writes about violations of voter rights and the voter identification laws.

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Media MentionApril 10, 2014
Looking back at LBJ’s progressive policies
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Media MentionApril 8, 2014
Civil Rights and Immigration Reform: Do they Belong Together?
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