Politics & Policy

Rene Rocha

  • Senior Faculty Affiliate, Politics and Policy Research Program
  • Professor, Department of Political Science


Rene Rocha is professor of political science at the University of Iowa and a leading scholar of immigration politics and policy. He has published in The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, American Politics Research, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and Review of Policy Research. His research on immigration and welfare policy received the 2014 Phi Sigma Alpha award from the Western Political Science Association. His research on racial and ethnic inequality across the US states, published in 2011, received the Lucius Barker Award from the Midwest Political Science Association.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2006