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Jason Arnold, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
827 West Franklin Street, Rm 326




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 book project about the politics of intelligence in the U.S. since the 1960s.