Behind the "Veil of Secrecy": The Framing and Ratification of the American Constitution"

Katlyn Carter, Princeton University

Thu, 10/22/2015
210 Dickinson Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event
Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff

Modern America Workshop 2015-2016

Katlyn Carter is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History. Her dissertation explores debates about the place of secrecy in representative politics during the Age of Revolutions. She traces how revolutionaries in the United States and France navigated the tension between an Enlightenment imperative to eradicate secrets from the state and a practical need to delimit the bounds of transparency in order to maintain legitimacy. The dissertation shows how decisions about what could be publicly visible in the political process determined the nature of representative regimes in these two countries. Katlyn’s broader research interests include the eighteenth century Atlantic World, comparative revolutions, and history of the book and media.

In 2015-16, Katlyn will be a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. She has received fellowships from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the Council for European Studies to support her research in archives and libraries in France and the United States. She has also taught history of the Early American Republic and is currently a fellow at the Princeton Writing Center.

Prior to coming to Princeton, Katlyn received a B.A. with high honors in History from the University of California, Berkeley and worked as a media-relations consultant in Washington, DC.

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Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the Department of History and The Program in Law and Public Affairs