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Michael Rocca
Associate Professor - Political Science

Director, Political Science Honors Program

Mike Rocca was appointed as an associate professor in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Political Science in 2011. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis.

Rocca’s research interests are the politics of position taking in the U.S. Congress and campaign spending in U.S. elections. His interest in campaign spending began with a 2010 paper examining the links between Political Action Committee contributions and position taking.

He is teaching the junior honors seminar 495 course and the American Politics 496 seminar for the spring 2016 semester.

Recent Research

The Journal of Politics, January 2013 – Earmarks as a Means and an End: The Link between Earmarks and Campaign Contributions in the U.S. House of Representatives

The Journal of Politics, April 2015 – The Effects of Citizens United on Corporate Spending in the 2012 Presidential Election


  • American Politics
  • Congress
  • Congressional Elections
  • Latino Politics in Congress