An Interview with Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

The fifth interview in Let’s Be Heard! i6s with Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. Professor DeFrancesco Soto’s research on political behavior has been widely published in scholarly journals and cited in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Time, and Politico. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she provides political analysis on both US politics and its implications for countries abroad. DeFrancesco Soto’s research analyzes how social identities shape political behavior.

Highlights from her interview discuss ways in which APSA can build a bridge connecting political researchers and political practitioners. It should:

  • Help members move away from penalizing engagement and move toward a reward system—change the incentive structure.
  • Coordinate get-to-know-you events and roundtables with political analysts, consultants, and others.
  • Offer a database where journalists, political analysts, and practitioners can turn for expert advice or commentary.

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto was interviewed by Steve Friess, who has written for Time, Politico, and many other outlets.

Click here to access the free special issue Let’s Be Heard! and read the interview.