Franchesca V. Nestor
Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
Ph.D., Political Science, West Virginia University
M.A., Political Science, West Virginia University
M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Chicago
B.A., Political Science, West Virginia University
Dr. Nestor teaches Equality and American Politics, the American Presidency, Public Policy, Methods, and PG 111: Power and American Politics.
During her undergraduate days, she secured the prestigious national Truman Scholarship, which provides funding for graduate school to students who show promise for public service careers. Following her time at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, Franchesca worked as Director of West Virginia Campus Compact for four years, providing $500,000 in service learning grants to higher-ed faculty and rural community partnerships in her home state of West Virginia.
Franchesca is a lover of all animals, including birds, her many cats, and her Pomeranian, Opie. She enjoys spending time with her family in West Virginia, particularly her nieces and nephews, Daisy, Lucy, Wes, and Levi.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Nestor's research interests focus upon public opinion and racial and ethnic representation. Her dissertation examined intersectional opinion and representation of low-income Blacks and Latinos in Congress.
"America Competes at 5 Years: An Analysis of Research-Intensive Universities' RCR Training Plans." Trisha Phillips, Franchesca Nestor, Gillian Beach, and Elizabeth Heitman. Science and Engineering Ethics, March 2017.