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Jason Ross Arnold



PhD, University of Minnesota


Information Politics: secrecy and transparency; leaking/whistleblowing; surveillance, spying, and other kinds of intelligence operations; privacy and information technologies; elite/citizen knowledge, ignorance, and (mis)perceptions of risks, threats, and govt. operations

American political development: especially the 1960s until the present

Jason Ross Arnold is Associate Professor of Political Science at VCU. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008.

Professor Arnold’s first book, Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promise and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws, explained the persistence of excessive government secrecy despite decades of transparency reforms and promises. A review in the Journal of American History called the book “the foundational text for understanding governmental secrecy in the modern era.” His earlier research examined a range of issues in comparative public opinion, such as public ignorance, corruption perceptions, and ideology.

Professor Arnold recently completed a manuscript for his second book, Secret-Spillers: Whistleblowers, Leakers, and Their Networks, from Snowden to Samizdat. He is also working on a project about the politics of surveillance in the U.S. during the past half century.