I’ve been teaching political science at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) since 2008 (with tenure since 2015), after earning my PhD at the University of Minnesota. Although I’ve always been more of a fox than a hedgehog, most of my research and writing could be fairly categorized under the heading Information Politics. My dissertation and subsequent publications investigated the causes and consequences of public ignorance, or citizen (in)competence, in democracies. Later work examined the problem of government secrecy, or really, excessive government secrecy. That project culminated in my first book, Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promise and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws (2014). I recently completed a book manuscript about whistleblowing and leaking.
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