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Victoria Wenger

African American Studies

Class of 2014

Victoria (Tori) Wenger is from Hampton Falls, NH and a member of the Class of 2014 studying African American Studies and Government. Her main academic interests engage how sociological research can best inform government policy and messaging targeting racial disparities in the United States. Her thesis research focuses specifically on the utility of racial rhetoric in presidential agenda-setting speeches.
Tori has previously pursued her passions for political engagement and race relations through active involvement in political organizations in both high school and college, and internships in the U.S. Senate, White House, U.K. Parliament, Obama for America Headquarters, and with top Democratic fundraisers and activists.

During the school year, Tori works as a Research Assistant at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She has served as the Vice President of the Institute of Politics, Chair of the Women’s Initiative in Leadership, and as a Peer Advising Fellow through Harvard's Advising Programs Office. She spent the past summer interning for the 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox.

Tori hopes to one day pursue a career in public service geared towards addressing gender and racial inequalities. She can be reached at