OSU Political Science Alumnus Austin Carson Awarded Lepgold Book Prize

January 15, 2020

OSU Political Science Alumnus Austin Carson Awarded Lepgold Book Prize

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In September 2019, Dr. Austin Carson, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and an Ohio State Department of Political Science alumnus ('13) was awarded Georgetown University's Lepgold Book Prize. The Lepgold Book Prize honors exceptional contributions to the study of international relations (best book), with particular emphasis on the resolution of critical policy challenges, published each calendar year and awards $1,000 to the winner of the prize. Carson was awarded the Lepgold Prize for his book Secret Wars which discusses covert conflict in international politics. It is the first book to systematically analyze the ways powerful states covertly participate in foreign wars, showing a recurring pattern of such behavior stretching from World War I to U.S.-occupied Iraq. 

Dr. Carson's research focuses on security and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security, and global governance. You can learn more about his research and what he is currently up to by visiting his personal website. The Ohio State Department of Political Science would like to congratulate Dr. Carson on this great achievement!