Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto received her Ph.D. from Duke University and was 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 work focuses on: campaigns and elections, political marketing, race and ethnic politics, and immigration. She also serves on the editorial board of Politics, Groups, and Identities.
In the media sphere, Victoria contributes to various national and international media outlets. She is a regular political analyst for Univision and CNN en Espanol. In 2008 and 2010, she served as a primary expert and analyst for CNN en Espanol's election coverage. Victoria also appears on MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Sirius XM. In her media analysis Victoria is passionate about making social science relatable to real time political events. She is a regular blogger for POLITICO'S Arena, Huffington Post, and the Daily Grito.
Victoria is the Director of Communications for Latino Decisions and a Senior Fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Victoria has taught at Northwestern University, Rutgers and is currently a Fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.
Victoria is a proud native of Cochise County in Southern Arizona. She is of Italian-Jewish-Mexican heritage and lives in beautiful Austin, Texas with her husband Neftali J. Garcia.