Victoria DeFrancesco Soto
PhD, Duke University
Professor DeFrancesco Soto's work focuses on campaigns and elections underpinned by the intersection of political psychology and race and ethnic politics. Her current research examines how Latino ethnic campaigns influence the preferences of both Latinos and non-Latinos and in particular how ethnicity can trump partisanship in electoral choices. She is interested in how cognition and affect shape the processing of political information within a dynamic political environment of changing racial and ethnic demographics. DeFrancesco Soto's ongoing research projects include campaign media effects, black-Latino inter-group relations, comparative race studies, and attitudes toward immigration as a result of varying frames of issue presentation. DeFrancesco Soto has been a graduate and dissertation fellow with the National Science Foundation.