Daniel Lee

CONTACT INFORMATION
Office:
760 Barrows Hall
Phone:
510 642 4682
Office Hours: Fall 2018: By appointment only

Faculty

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

Daniel Lee is Associate 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 and canon law in later medieval and early modern political thought and their influence on modern doctrines of statehood, 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 wider interests in political theory also include the foundations of democratic theory, the theory of rights, constitutional theory, republicanism, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  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 Bodin's legal theory, The Right of Sovereignty, and a new critical edition of Bodin's outline of general jurisprudence, the Juris Universi Distributio ['A Division of the Whole Law'], both to be published in the Oxford History and Theory of International Law series.  Professor 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 on the advisory boards of the Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies, the Kadish Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs, and as faculty affiliate of the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Berkeley.  Professor Lee holds degrees from Columbia, Oxford, and Princeton.  

 

Books: 

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

Editor: 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

Articles: 

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.  

2019.  Jean Bodin.  Great Christian Jurists in French History, ed. Olivier Descamps and Rafael Domingo.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  Cambridge Law and Christianity.

2018.  The State Is a Minor:  Fiduciary Concepts of Government and the Roman Law of Guardianship from Azo to Hobbes.  Ed. Evan Criddle, et al., Fiduciary Government.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2018.  Unmaking Law:  Jean Bodin on Law, Equity, and Legal Change.  History of Political Thought 39.

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.  Routledge, 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.

REVIEWS:

2018.  Book Review: Richard Tuck, The Sleeping Sovereign: The Invention of Modern Democracy.  History of Political Thought 39.

2017.  Review Essay: The Origins of Individualism.  Larry Siedentop, Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism.  The Critical Review 29.3.

2017.  Book Review: Benjamin Straumann, Roman Law in the State of Nature: The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law.  History of Political Thought 38.