Klofstad

Casey A. Klofstad

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
Chapter Member: Central Florida SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Media & Public Opinion

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.

Contributions

Talking about Politics Boosts Civic Participation

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

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

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.

"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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 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.
"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.