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.
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. The State Is a Minor: The Tutorial Theory 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. Historical Perspectives on the Ethics of Consent. Routledge Handbook on the Ethics of Consent. Ed. Peter Schaber. London: Routledge.
Forthcoming. Unmaking Law: Jean Bodin on Law, Equity, and Legal Change. History of Political Thought.
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. 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.
2011. Popular Liberty, Princely Government and the Roman Law in Hugo Grotius' De Jure Belli ac Pacis. Journal of the History of Ideas 72. Reprinted in Grotius and Law. Ed. Larry May and Emily McGill. Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.