Stella M. Rouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, Director of the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement, and Associate Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Rouse’s research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, minority politics, Millennial politics, state politics, and immigration. She is the author of the book, Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post. Her second book, The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation (co-authored with Ashley Ross), was published in August 2018. She has published articles on group dynamics and cosponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and immigration.

Dr. Rouse’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has presented her work at such forums as the Brookings Institute, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has also written for such media outlets as the Washington Post, The Hill, The Conversation, Reuters, and NBC News. Rouse is a board member for the “Women Also Know Stuff” initiative and a fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute.

Rouse is a native of Colombia. When she was two years old, her parents immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she grew up. She fluently speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.

Areas of Interest

  • Latino Politics, minority politics, legislative and political behavior, state politics, immigration, and Millennials


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Louisiana State University, 2008

Stella Rouse teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, focusing primarily on minority politics, state and local politics, civic engagement, and scope and methods for political science research.

Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT479C Civic Engagement in Action Spring 2020 Syllabus

Stella Rouse's work is situated within the field of American politics with a specialization in Latino politics and a concentration on minority/identity politics. Broadly defined, she examines how minorities behave both within political institutions and in the mass public.

Most recent published work:

"The Impact of Electoral Arrangements on Minority Representation: District Magnitude and the Election of African American State Legislators," with Paul Herrnson and Jeffrey Taylor. Election Law Journal, 2020. 19 (1): DOI 10.189/elj.2019.0581.

"Polarization of Climate Change Beliefs: The Role of the Millennial Generation Identity" with Ashley Ross and William Mobley. Social Science Quarterly, 2019. Early View DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12640.

The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation, with Ashley Ross (August 2018).

"Economic Uncertainty, Job Threat and the Resiliency of the Millennial Generation's Attitudes toward Immigration" with Ashley Ross. Social Science Quarterly, 2015. 95(5): 1363-79.

Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

"Shades of Faith: Religious Foundations of Political Attitudes Among African Americans, Latinos and Whites" with Brian McKenzie. American Journal of Political Science 2013. 57 (1): 218-235.


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