Daniel Lee

760 Barrows Hall
510 642 4682
Office Hours: By appointment for Spring Term 2018


Research Interests: 
Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Jurisprudence
Ph.D., Princeton
Personal Statement: 

Daniel Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and specializes in political theory, the history of political thought, and jurisprudence.  His research concerns the reception of Roman law in later medieval and early modern political thought and its influence on modern doctrines of sovereignty and rights, especially in the legal and political thought of Jean Bodin, Hugo Grotius, and Thomas Hobbes.  More generally, he has been interested in the relationship between legal science and social science in the history of ideas.  His broader interests in political theory include the foundations of democratic theory, the theory of rights, constitutional theory, republicanism, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  Lee’s work in these areas has been published in Political Theory, Journal of the History of Ideas, Review of Politics, and History of Political Thought.  He is the author of Popular Sovereignty in Early Modern Constitutional Thought (Oxford, 2016), which locates the juridical origins of modern popular sovereignty doctrines in the legal science of the Roman law tradition.  He is currently preparing a monographic study of Jean Bodin's legal theory and a new critical edition of Bodin's Juris Universi Distributio ['A Division of the Whole Law'], both to be published by Oxford University Press.  Lee is the winner of the APSA Leo Strauss Award, the Forkosch Prize, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Columbia Society of Fellows.  Prior to his arrival at Berkeley, he taught political theory at the University of Toronto and Columbia University.  He serves as a faculty affiliate of the Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies and the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.



Popular Sovereignty in Early Modern Constitutional Thought.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.  Oxford Constitutional Theory

The Right of Sovereignty: Jean Bodin on Sovereignty, Law, and the Foundations of International Order.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract.  Oxford History and Theory of International Law

(Ed.).  A Division of the Whole Law:  The Juris Universi Distributio of Jean Bodin.  Trans. Jason Brown.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract.  Oxford History and Theory of International Law


Under contract.  Sovereignty as Dominium: Hobbes on the Bonds of Obligation in De Cive VIII and IX.  Hobbes's 'On the Citizen': A Critical Guide.  Ed. Robin Douglass and Johan Olsthoorn.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming.  The State Is a Minor:  Fiduciary Concepts of Government and the Roman Law of Guardianship from Azo to Hobbes.  Ed. Evan Criddle, et al., The Idea of Fiduciary Government.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming.  Unmaking Law:  Jean Bodin on Law, Equity, and Legal Change.  History of Political Thought.

2018.  Historical Perspectives on the Ethics of Consent.  Routledge Handbook on the Ethics of Consent.  Ed. Peter Schaber.  London: Routledge.   

2017.  Natural Rights Theories.  Oxford Handbook of Classics in Political Theory.  Ed. Jacob Levy.  New York: Oxford University Press.

2016.  Citizenship, Subjection, and the Civil Law: Jean Bodin on Roman Citizenship and the Theory of Consensual Subjection.  Citizenship and Empire in Europe 200-1900: The Antonine Constitution after 1800 Years.  Ed. Clifford Ando.  Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

2013.  Office Is a Thing Borrowed: Jean Bodin on the Right of Offices and Seigneurial Government.  Political Theory 41

2013.  Roman Law, German Liberties, and the Constitution of the Holy Roman Empire.  Freedom and the Construction of Europe.  Vol. 1.  Religious Freedom and Civil Liberty.  Ed. Quentin Skinner and Martin Van Gelderen.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2012.  Sources of Sovereignty: Roman Imperium and Dominium in Civilian Theories of Sovereignty.  Politica Antica 2.

2012.  Hobbes and the Civil Law: The Use of Roman Law in Hobbes' Civil Science.  Hobbes and the Law.  Ed. David Dyzenhaus and Thomas Poole.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2011.  Popular Liberty, Princely Government and the Roman Law in Hugo Grotius' De Jure Belli ac PacisJournal of the History of Ideas 72.   Reprinted in Grotius and Law.  Ed. Larry May and Emily McGill.  Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.

2008.  The Legacy of Medieval Constitutionalism in the Philosophy of Right: Hegel and the Prussian Reform Movement.  History of Political Thought 29.

2008.  Private Law Models for Public Law Concepts: The Roman Law Theory of Dominium in the Monarchomach Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty.  The Review of Politics 70.