External Scholarship Repositories


The Transparency Fix: Secrets, Leaks, and Uncontrollable Government Information (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture (revised 2nd ed.) (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). First edition published 1999. Excerpts translated into French, Polish, and Slovenian.


Recent Articles and Essays:

“The Dramas of Criminal Law: Thurman Arnold’s Post-Realist Critique of Law Enforcement,” (forthcoming).

“On ‘Ethical’ Leaking,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (forthcoming 2017).

“FOIA as an Administrative Law,” in Troubling Transparency: The Freedom of Information Act and Beyond, David Pozen & Michael Schudson eds. (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

Transparency in Trump’s America,” 30 Governance 173-175 (2017) (invited essay).

Mr. Peabody’s Improbable Legal Intellectual History,” 64 Buffalo Law Review 101-120 (2016) (symposium essay).

Opportunities for Law’s Intellectual History,” 64 Buffalo Law Review i-iv (2016) (with John Henry Schlegel) (symposium introduction).

The Informational Ombudsman: Fixing Open Government by Institutional Design.” 1 International Journal of Open Governments/ Revue Internationale des Governments Ouverts 275-296 (March 2015), available at

Transparency in Search of a Theory.” 18 European Journal of Social Theory 150-167 (2015).

The Implausibility of Secrecy.” 65 Hastings Law Journal 309-363 (2014).

Substantive Due Process by Another Name: Koontz, Exactions, and the Regulatory Takings Doctrine.” 30 Touro Law Review 403-419 (2014) (symposium essay).