Mike Rocca

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Biography 

Professor Rocca received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004.  He is currently an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.  Professor Rocca's subfield is American politics and his primary research and teaching interests relate to American national institutions, particularly the US Congress.  Most of his work deals with the politics of congressional position taking.  He also conducts research on Latino politics in the US Congress.  Professor Rocca's work appears in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Sciences Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics.  He has a forthcoming article in Journal of Politics as well.  Professor Rocca is an award winning instructor who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, the US Congress and the American presidency.  He is currently the director of the Political Science Undergraduate Honors Program.

Research Interests 

Professor Rocca received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004.  He is currently an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.  Professor Rocca's subfield is American politics and his primary research and teaching interests relate to American national institutions, particularly the US Congress.  Most of his work deals with the politics of congressional position taking.  He also conducts research on Latino politics in the US Congress.  Professor Rocca's work appears in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Sciences Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics.  He has a forthcoming article in Journal of Politics as well.  Professor Rocca is an award winning instructor who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, the US Congress and the American presidency.  He is currently the director of the Political Science Undergraduate Honors Program.