Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Ph.D.
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and a Senior Analyst for Latino Decisions. Named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse magazine Victoria received her Ph.D. from Duke University during which time she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Her academic expertise centers on: campaigns and elections, immigration, women, race and ethnic politics. Fluent in English and Spanish, Victoria provides political analysis on both US politics and its implications for countries abroad. In the media sphere Victoria is a contributor to MSNBC and 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. 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 Garcia and their daughter.