Klofstad

Casey A. Klofstad

Affiliations
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Voting

About Casey

Klofstad’s teaching and research addresses how society and biology influence human decision-making. Through a ten-year panel study of college undergraduates who were randomly assigned to their dormitories, he has shown that everyday casual conversations about politics can cause people to become more active civically. More recently he has conducted experiments that show that voters are biased in favor of candidates with lower-pitched voices. This bias potentially contributes to the underrepresentation of women in government and other positions of leadership. His time at the University of Miami has also led to his interest in immigrant political behavior. Klofstad has also conducted research on the political behavior of elected officials.

Briefs

Podcast

Publications

"How Voice Pitch Influences Our Choice of Leaders" (with Stephen Nowicki and Rindy C. Anderson). American Scientist 104, no. 5 (2016): 282.

Discusses how candidates' vocal characteristics influence voters' attitudes toward them. Explores how these impressionistic judgments can and do affect how we choose our leaders.

"Talk Leads to Recruitment: How Discussions about Politics and Current Events Increase Civic Participation" Political Research Quarterly 60 (2007): 180-191.
Shows that the mechanism underlying the positive relationship between political discussion and civic participation is recruitment; when we talk politics we are often times encouraged to become active civically.
"Civic Talk and Civic Participation: The Moderating Effect of Individual Predispositions" American Politics Research 37 (2009): 856-878.
Shows that the positive relationship between political discussion and political participation only occurs among individuals who are already civically engaged.
"The Lasting Effect of Civic Talk on Civic Participation: Evidence from a Panel Study" Social Forces 88 (2010): 2353-2375.
Shows that the positive relationship between political discussion and civic participation lasts for years after the conversations took place.
Civic Talk: Peers, Politics and the Future of Democracy (Temple University Press, 2011).
Examines the positive influence that everyday informal conversations about politics have on civic involvement.
"Sounds Like a Winner: Voice Pitch Influences Perception of Leadership Capacity in Both Men and Women" (with Rindy C. Anderson and Susan Peters). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 297 (2012): 2698-2704.
Shows that voters are biased in favor of candidates with lower pitched – masculine – voices.
"Preference for Leaders with Masculine Voices Holds in the Case of Feminine Leadership Roles" (with Rindy C. Anderson). PLoS ONE 12 (2012): e51216.
Shows that the bias in favor of candidates with lower-pitched – masculine – voices holds in the case of leadership positions that are traditionally held by women.
"Disagreeing about Disagreement: How Conflict in Social Networks Affects Political Behavior" (with Anand Sohkey and Scott McClurg). American Journal of Political Science 57 (2013): 120-134.
Shows that exposure to disagreeable conversations about politics has mixed effects on political preferences and civic involvement.

In the News

Casey A. Klofstad quoted on evidence that people react negatively to vocal fry in Markham Heid, "You Asked: What is Vocal Fry?" Time, November 2, 2017.
Casey A. Klofstad quoted on how voice influence voters' preference for candidates in Mandy Oaklander, "Science Explains Why You Love Morgan Freeman’s Voice" Time, February 23, 2016.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on the pitch of candidates' voices discussed in Anthony Man. Casey A. Klofstad, "Deep within Our Brains, We Judge Candidates Based on Their Voices," Sun-Sentinel, January 8, 2016.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on voting preferences discussed in Shana Lebowitz. Casey A. Klofstad, "Why the U.S. Presidential Election is Going to be Determined by a Bunch of Cavemen," Business Insider, August 27, 2015.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on the appeal of deep voices discussed in Conor Gaffey. Casey A. Klofstad, "Voters Prefer Deep-Voiced Politicians, Says New Study," Newsweek, August 7, 2015.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on the appeal of deeper voices discussed in Sean Martin. Casey A. Klofstad, "We Vote for Politicians with Deeper Voices," Business Insider, August 6, 2015.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on the appeal of deep voices discussed in Jeanne Rose. Casey A. Klofstad, "Deep-Voiced Politicians Tend to Convey Strength and Competence," Gazette Review, August 8, 2015.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on the appeal of deep voices discussed in Jennifer Viegas. Casey A. Klofstad, "'Caveman Instincts' May Favor Deep-Voiced Politicians," Discovery News, August 7, 2015.
Casey A. Klofstad quoted on voice and its career impact in Mark Johanson, "Is Your Voice Holding You Back?" BBC, March 4, 2015.
"Why Won't Little Havana Turn Blue?," Casey A. Klofstad (with Benjamin Bishin), Huffington Post, November 30, 2011.
"Efforts to Clean Up Registration Rolls Target Latinos in Swing State of Florida," Casey A. Klofstad, Latino Decisions, June 8, 2012.
"Support for Obama Appears Solid among Latinos in Florida," Casey A. Klofstad, Latino Decisions, July 5, 2012.
"Nominating Marco Rubio Likely Not a Game Changer for Romney in Florida," Casey A. Klofstad, Latino Decisions, July 30, 2012.
Guest to discuss Marco Rubio’s possible reception by Latino voters on NPR’s Morning Edition, Casey A. Klofstad, August 7, 2012.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on Latino voting preferences discussed in Marc Caputo. Casey A. Klofstad, "Poll: Hispanics in Florida Favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, 61-31," Miami Herald, October 4, 2012.
"Latinos’ Support for Obama Solid in Florida," Casey A. Klofstad, Latino Decisions, October 20, 2012.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on the Puerto Rican vote discussed in Frances Robles. Casey A. Klofstad, "“Puerto Rican First-Time Voters, Especially in Florida, Could be a Critical Game-Changer in Presidential Race," Miami Herald, October 28, 2012.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on Latino constituents discussed in David Common. Casey A. Klofstad, "The Growing Importance of America's Latino Vote," CBC News Canada, October 29, 2012.
"Pre-Election Polls Got It Wrong in Florida," Casey A. Klofstad, Latino Decisions, November 14, 2012.
"Florida Election Wrap-up: Obama Right on the Economy and Immigration," Casey A. Klofstad, Latino Decisions, November 19, 2012.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on vocal preferences among constituents discussed in Alex Granados and Frank Stasio. Casey A. Klofstad, "Do We Prefer Leaders with Low-Pitched Voices?," WUNC’s State of Things, January 15, 2013.
Casey A. Klofstad's research on attitudes and congeniality in politics discussed in Heather Carney. Casey A. Klofstad, "South Florida Officials under Fire for Nasty Language," Sun Sentinel, January 28, 2013.