William Walters, professor of the Department of Political Science/ Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has just won a 2017 Research Achievement Award here at Carleton University.

The Carleton University Research Achievement Awards are administered by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International). The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding research achievements. The awards were established in 1989 to enhance the quality of research and to recognize research excellence.

Prof. Walters won with the award his project ‘The Production of Secrecy.’ Secrets and leaks are hot issues in politics today. Yet secrecy has rarely enjoyed the kind of theoretical attention bestowed on other key terms in politics, like sovereignty. As a result we lack an adequate framework to understand how state secrecy has changed historically, and the new forms it is taking today. Focusing on what I call the production of secrecy, my research seeks to generate analytics and case studies that will enhance our understanding of political concealment.

Congratulations to William Walters!