Author Archives: Austin Carson

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago where I currently specialize in secrecy and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security, and global governance.  At the core of all my projects is an interest in understanding how governments selectively reveal and conceal what they do and the disjuncture this creates between the “front stage” and “back stage” of international politics.  You can access my CV here.

My first book, published in 2018 from Princeton University Press, analyzes covert forms of military intervention and the role of limited war in secrecy dynamics that surround covert intervention. A second book project analyzes how intelligence and other kinds of sensitive information impact the work of international organizations. Other work assesses the way states signal via covert action, the impact of publicity/secrecy on the health of international regimes, and the politics of “open secrets.” My research has been published or is forthcoming in International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, Security Studies, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 2013 and have held research fellowships at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.