Austin Carson specializes in secrecy and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security and global governance. At the core of all his 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. More work assesses the way states signal via covert action, the politics of "open secrets," the impact of publicity on international rules, sensitive information in international organizations and theories of limited war.
Assoc. Prof. Carson recently published his first book, Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics and has had other research published in International Organization, Security Studies, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.