Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Kalla’s current research focuses on political persuasion and voter attitude change using randomized field experiment. He has conducted experiments with the Analyst Institute, CREDO Action, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Rock the Vote, Working America, and other civic and political groups.
Argues that members of Congress grant preferential access to purported political donors over concerned constituents. Is the first experimental demonstration of the biasing role of money in politics.
Reflects survey results from 84 countries around the world designed to understand the hurdles women face in launching and sustaining successful political careers. Argues that gendered social roles and gendered social expectations shrink the pool of female political candidates even before an election begins and once in office, gendered roles and expectations continue to dog female legislators, capping ambitions as surely as they stunt their success.
Employs multiple field experiments conducted on Wikipedia to show how the Wikipedia pages of incumbent U.S. Senators are biased towards positivity by systematically removing factually true yet negative facts about the Senators.