Daniel Lee (‘10-‘11)

Assistant Professor of Political Science University of California, Berkeley

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.  His broader interests 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, 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 at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University.  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.