Daniel Lee

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  • Political Theory


  • Ph.D., Princeton University
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • MESc, Columbia University

Daniel Lee

Assistant Professor


Daniel Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, specializing in the history of political thought, political theory, and jurisprudence. His current research concerns the reception of Roman law in late medieval and early modern political thought and its influence on modern doctrines of sovereignty and constitutionalism, especially in the legal and political thought of Jean Bodin, Hugo Grotius, and Thomas Hobbes. His related research interests include the foundations of democratic theory, the theory of rights, republicanism, and the philosophy of law. Professor Lee’s recent research has been published in Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Ideas, The Review of Politics, and Politica Antica. He has also contributed chapters to various edited volumes on early modern legal and political theory and entries to the Encyclopedia of Political Theory and the Oxford Handbook of Classics in Political Theory. His first book entitled, Popular Sovereignty in Early Modern Constitutional Thought (under contract with Oxford University Press for the Oxford Constitutional Theory series), concerns the use of Roman private law sources in crafting early modern doctrines of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism. He is also preparing a new project, The Right of Sovereignty, which investigates the juridical foundations of the international thought of Jean Bodin. Professor Lee holds degrees from Columbia, Oxford, and Princeton, where he held the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship and the Graduate Prize Fellowship in the University Center for Human Values. He is the winner of the APSA Leo Strauss Award, the Forkosch Prize, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Columbia Society of Fellows.

Research Interests

  • Political Theory
  • History of Political Thought
  • Jurisprudence