Casey Klofstad holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His research focuses on how society and biology influence human decision-making. He has published numerous books and articles on topics as varied as social networks, immigrant political participation, human mate choice, the behavior of elected officials and the influence of vocal and visual signals on human perception.
How Biology and Society Influence Our Politics
Why are some human societies free while others are not? Why are some societies paralyzed by violence while others are peaceful? Why is the gap between the rich and the poor astronomical in some societies, but less so in others? The answers to these fundamental questions are tied directly to how we govern ourselves. Consequently, a great deal of research has been conducted on voter behavior. Since the establishment of reliable sample surveys in the 1940s, the standard political science approach to this important question has been to examine the demographic characteristics of the voter. For example, individuals who identify as Democrats tend to vote for Democrats, and Republicans for Republicans. Against the grain of this dominant research paradigm, more recent research has begun to focus on how society (e.g., our social ties to others) and biology (e.g., our genes) also influence our politics. This lecture explores these important developments in the study of political behavior.
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|Course # F1M2 — One Time Event
|Place:||Room 151 (Annex), Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus|
|Dates:||Monday, November 20 2017 |
|Time:||2:30 - 4 PM|
|Fee:||$25 / member; $35 / non-member|