“Entrenched Secrecy: The Culture of National Security Secrets in Modern America,” 10/14 Colloquium with University of East Anglia Prof. Kaeten Mistry


On the heels of publishing his co-edited volume on the history, politics, and culture of national security whistleblowing, University of East Anglia Associate Professor of American History Kaeten Mistry will stop by the Kinder Institute’s Friday Colloquium Series to explore the rise and growth of state secrets in the U.S. and the implications of this development for the health of constitutional democracy. The talk will be held on October 14 at 3:30pm in Jesse Hall 410.


How did the United States go from a system of government that prided itself on openness in the late nineteenth century to one with the largest organized secrecy regime in human history at the start of the twenty-first century? Exploring the rise and growth of state secrets in the U.S. during the long twentieth century, this talk examines critical moments that bring the age-old question of balancing security and liberty in a constitutional democracy into sharp focus.

Kaeten Mistry received his Ph.D. at University of Birmingham and currently serves as Associate Professor of American History at East Anglia University, after holding positions at University of Warwick and University College Dublin. His research focuses on 20th-century U.S. foreign relations, with current projects examining the culture of secrecy, anti-imperial whistleblowing, and the regulation of speech rights. He is author of The United States, Italy, and the Origins of the Cold War: Waging Political Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Whistleblowing Nation: The History of National Security Disclosures and the Cult of Secrecy (Columbia University Press, 2020). He has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Modern Italy, and Journal of American History, and he guest edited a special, 2011 volume of Intelligence and National Security focused on U.S. foreign relations, intelligence, and international history.