Kinder Institute: The Curious History of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing

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Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy: “The Curious History of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing”


The Kinder Institute at the University of Missouri, a JMC partner program, will be hosting University of East Anglia Senior Lecturer in American Studies Kaeten Mistry. He will be on campus to give a talk on the long history of national security whistleblowing, examining how, while the exposure of privileged information is often seen as a left-wing form of dissent or as an act of civil disobedience, a deeper look reveals a complex story that emerged in tandem with the modern  system of state secrecy.

This lecture is relevant to the Jack Miller Center’s conversation on freedom of speech in the First Amendment. Explore national security controversies here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 • 5:30 PM
Jesse Hall, Room 410 • University of Missouri

Free and open to the public

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Kaeten Mistry joined the University of East Anglia in 2011, after positions at the University of Warwick and University College Dublin. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham and studied at the University of California, Los Angeles and University of Padua, Italy. Mistry specializes in U.S. history, particularly the way American state and private actors have been involved in foreign affairs during the twentieth century. He is interested in the international and transnational forces that have shaped the U.S. in the world, especially relations with Europe and the Cold War. His work examines the projection of and resistance to American political, cultural, and covert “power.”

Mistry’s current project has been exploring the long, hidden history of national security whistleblowing. It is supported by an AHRC Research Grant, and further details can be found on the project website. His first book, The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare was published by Cambridge University Press. He has also edited a collection re-examining the relationship between U.S. foreign relations, intelligence, and international history (Intelligence and National Security), and his articles have appeared in journals including Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Modern Italy, and Ricerche di Storia Politica.

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The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri is an interdisciplinary, signature academic center on the Columbia campus, jointly operated by faculty from the Political Science and History Departments, in cooperation with other scholars across campus. It is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement on the subjects of American political thought, history, and institutions, with a particular emphasis on the ideas and events of the American Founding and their continued global impact and relevance today. It was created in 2015 by a generous gift from the Kinder Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation started by Rich and Nancy Kinder of Houston, Texas.

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