Victoria M Defrancesco
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto's is interested in US politics and its implications for countries abroad. Her research analyzes how human thought and emotion shape political behavior. Her academic work focuses on: campaigns and elections, political marketing, women in politics, race and ethnic politics, and immigration. Her research projects examine the influence of social group identities (e.g. race, gender, ethnicity, religion, partisanship) on political behavior. examining the growth of the Latino population and how this demographic shift will affect the United States along social, political, and economic dimensions. This book project looks at the historical role of immigrants and focuses on what elements make Latino immigrants unique and different from past immigration waves and how this will affect the future of the nation. Her second current research project looks at the role of women in politics. In particular, she examines how women of color navigate the intersection of partisanship and ethnicity. With the recent rise of elected Republican women of color (e.g. Governors Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley) Victoria considers how women can shape their party's rhetoric and platforms.
She works to translate social science research into a more relatable form of information for a wide variety of audiences. She is a contributor to MSNBC and NBCNews.com as well as a regular political analyst for Telemundo. She also has previously provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision, and NPR.