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An Agenda Beyond Immigration: Latinos and the Politics of Climate Change

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Brandon Room
Black Community Services Center
418 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305

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Latino interests are often portrayed as focused mainly on immigration. However, survey research shows that Latinos prioritize a number of other issues, more so or as much as immigration, including the issue of climate change. Polls indicate that Latinos are more likely than whites and African Americans to say global warming is caused by human activities. Pro-environment attitudes are especially strong among Latino Millennials because the Millennials’ persona is partly defined by the priority they place on the environment and their view of the role of government in solving problems.

Professor Rouse will discuss a new paper which analyzes survey data from 2014 and 2015 on the opinions of Latino Millennials with respect to climate change policies and how personal experience with weather and disaster events may affect their attitudes. This study has considerable implications for understanding how Latinos view the issue of climate change and the lens through which they may evaluate the 2016 presidential candidates.

This talk is part of the 2015-16 RICSRE Seminar Series Spotlight on Race and Politics, co-sponsored by the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES). One speaker will be featured each quarter.

This talk is also co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.


Stella M. Rouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship 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)—voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post. Dr. Rouse has published articles group dynamics and co-sponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and immigration. Her 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 and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rouse is a native of Colombia. She fluently speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.

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