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Daniela Cammack

Assistant Professor
750B Social Sciences Building
Office Hours
flexible / by appointment
Upcoming/Future Courses
Fall 2024
Personal Statement

I'm an assistant professor of Political Science, affiliated in Classics. I was born in the UK to an English father and Chilean mother, grew up in Manchester, and have worked in Malaysia and China as well as the UK and US. Since receiving my Ph.D. from Harvard in 2013, I've held positions at Harvard (Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows), Stanford (visiting research fellow) and Yale (visiting lecturer and assistant professor). In 2017, I gave birth to a wonderful daughter, and in 2019, joined UC Berkeley. I'm currently working on two books: one on ancient Greek democracy and another comparing ancient and modern democracy. For more information, including course syllabi and teaching evaluations, please visit

Teaching Note: I don't use slides or scripts in my lectures. Instead, I try to promote in-class thought and discussion about our readings, typically through asking questions and being questioned about the reading that you'll have done in your own time. I always provide historical context and offer my own interpretations of our texts, and I make my lecture notes and brief "text notes" available to students on the course website. But I don't see myself as an information delivery system. Rather, I try to model the kind of reflective, questioning, critical readership/studentship stance that I'd like my students to develop. I've been told by some that this mode of teaching and learning is outside the norm for political science; by others, that it's perfectly common. I mention it here just so everyone knows what to expect, since it may be a more aural/oral style of engagement than some are used to.

Academic Subfields
Research Interests
History of Political Thought (Ancient to Modern)
Ancient Greek and Roman Politics
PhD, Harvard University (Political Theory, 2013)
MPhil, University of Cambridge (Political Thought and Intellectual History, 2005)
BA, University of Oxford (Modern History and English, 2002)
  • Demos: How the People Ruled Athens (Princeton University Press, under contract)
  • A Short History of Democracy (Princeton University Press, under contract)

  • "Kratos and Other Forms of Power in the Two Constitutions of the Athenians." Conditionally accepted, Polis
  • “The Popular Courts in Athenian Democracy.” (forthcoming, Journal of Politics).
  • “Representation in Ancient Greek Democracy." History of Political Thought 42: 567-601.
  • “Deliberation in Ancient Greek Assemblies.” Classical Philology 115 (2020): 486-522. doi: 10.1086/709197.
  • “Were the Ancient Greeks Epistemic Democrats?” In The Discovery of the Fact ed. Clifford Ando and William Sullivan (University of Michigan Press, 2020), 9-38. 
  • “Deliberation and Discussion in Classical Athens.” Journal of Political Philosophy. Online publication April 15, 2020. doi: 10.1111/jopp.12215.
  • “The Dēmos in Dēmokratia.” Classical Quarterly 69 (2019): 42-61. Online publication September 20, 2019. doi: 10.1017/S0009838819000636.
  • “Plato and Athenian Justice.” History of Political Thought 36 (2015): 611-42.
  • “Aristotle’s Denial of Deliberation about Ends.” Polis 30 (2013): 228-50.
  • “Aristotle on the Virtue of the Multitude.” Political Theory 41 (2013): 175-202. doi: 10.1177/0090591712470423.
  • “Mini-publics and Mass Meetings. A Response to Hélène Landemore’s Open Democracy." Forthcoming, Journal of Deliberative Democracy
  • “Liberal Ends, Democratic Means? A Response to Josiah Ober's Demopolis." Polis 36 (2019): 516-23. Online publication October 14, 2019. doi: 10.1163/20512996-12340248.
  • “Democracy and Decay.” In Decadence and Decay ed. Kurt Almqvist and Mattias Hessérus (Stockholm: Bokförlaget Stolpe, 2019), 103-115.
  • “Review of Democracy and Goodness: A Historicist Political Theory by John Wallach (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).” Perspectives on Politics 18 (2020): 249-250. Online publication February 17, 2020. doi: 10.1017/S1537592719004791.
  • “Aristotle, Athens and Beyond.” Review of Andrew Lintott, Aristotle’s Political Philosophy in its Historical Context: A new translation and commentary on Politics books 5 and 6 (London: Routledge, 2018). Classical Review 69 (2018): 63-65. doi: 10.1017/S0009840X18002275.