The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Affiliated Faculty, Adjuncts and LecturersPh.D., Duke University

Affiliated Lecturer
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto



Campaigns and elections; political marketing; political psychology; immigration; race, ethnicity, and gender;


GOV 370K • Latina Politics

37829 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am JGB 2.202
(also listed as MAS 374, WGS 340)



This course will analyze the participation of Latinas in American political life.  The course will give an overview of women and how they have participated in American politics – as activists, voters, and politicians.  In particular, we will consider how the intersection of gender, race, and class influence women’s political participation and activism.  The first half of the course will examine women’s participation in politics and the second half will focus on women’s behavior, influence, and policy agendas as officials within governing institutions.


Bejarano, C. 2014. The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics, Routledge Press.

Bejarano, C. E. 2013. The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and PoliticalSuccess, University of Texas Press.

Carroll, Susan J. and Richard L. Fox.  2013  Gender and Elections:  Shaping the Future of American Politics. Cambridge.   

Hardy-Fanta, Carol.  1993.  Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture, and Political Participation in Boston.  Temple University Press. 

Reading packet of relevant current journal and news articles.


In order to tangibly illustrate the theoretical course material each student in the course will conduct an independent inquiry project – a portfolio – to be turned in at the end of the semester.  The portfolio will make up half of the student’s grade and for this project each student will choose a Latina elected or appointed official to research and interview.  A mid-term, current events weekly article diary, and a policy memo will make up the remainder of the student’s grade. 

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