Daniel R. Brunstetter

Associate Professor, Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Faculty Director, Study Abroad

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2005, Political Science

MSc, The London School of Economics, 1999, Philosophy

M.A., Tulane University, 1998, Latin American Studies

Phone: (949) 824-9752
Email: dbrunste@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697

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just war, Enlightenment, otherness/identity, New World Discovery, Montaigne, Rousseau, French immigration, Silk Road
URLs Olive Tree Initiave
Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
Awards for the Olive Tree Initiative

U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, in association with the U.S. Department of State "Top Ten" innovative program in higher education, 2010

Inaugural University of California President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership
among all ten University of California campuses, 2010

Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County Paul S. Delp Peace Award, 2010

Orange County Human Relations Commission Community Leadership Award, 2009
Appointments Chateaubriand Fellowship; 2005-06 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Daniel studies political theory, with a focus on early modern thought and just war. His book revisits Europe’s initial encounter with the Native Americans of the New World to shed light on how the West’s initial defense of so-called ‘barbarians’ has influenced the way we think about diversity today, and elucidate the arguments of exclusion that unconsciously permeate the moral world we live in. The main thread of the book traces Bartolomé de Las Casas’s oft heralded defense of the Native Americans in the sixteenth century through the French Enlightenment. While this defense has been rightly lauded as an early example of human rights discourse, tracing Las Casas’s arguments into the eighteenth century shows how his view of equality enabled arguments legitimizing the annihilation by ‘just’ war of those perceived to be ‘barbarians’. This philosophical narrative can be useful when thinking about concepts such as just war, multiculturalism, and immigration, or any area in which politics confronts radical difference.

His current research interests include questions of otherness linked to race and ethnicity, just war theory, drone warfare, early modern political thought, comparative political theory, French political thought in the Enlightenment, and immigration in France.

His new book project, tentatively titled 'US Presidents and the Just War Tradition,' examines ways in which US presidents have understood and implemented the ethical principles of the just war.

Daniel is also co-director of UCI's Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and a faculty advisor to the Olive Tree Initiative: A University of California initiative that promotes conflict analysis and resolution through experiential education by providing students and community with the education, training and experiences needed to better negotiate and solve conflicts.
Publications Daniel Brunstetter, “The Decision To Use Military Force in Recent Moral Argument”, in James Turner Johnson and Eric Patterson eds.. The Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics (Surrey UK: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 25-36.
  Daniel Brunstetter, "Syria and the Just Use of Force Short of War," Ethics & International Affairs; http://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2013/syria-and-the-just-use-of-force-short-of-war/
  Daniel Brunstetter and Arturo Jiménez Bacardi, “Clashing over Drones: The Legal and Normative Gap between the U.S. and the Human Rights Community” International Journal of Human Rights,19,2 (2015), pp. 176-98.
  Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun, "Rethinking the Criterion For Assessing CIA Targeted Killings: Drones, Proportionality and Jus as Vim", Journal of Military Ethics, 12, 4 (2013), pp. 304-24.
  Daniel Brunstetter, "Trends in Just War Thinking during the U.S. Presidential Debates 2000-12: Genocide Prevention and the Renewed Salience of Last Resort", Review of International Studies, 40, 1 (2014), pp. 77-99.
  Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun, "State of the Union: A Decade of Armed Drones", The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 19,2 (2013).
  Daniel Brunstetter, "The Messy Legality of Drones", New York Daily News, (2013); http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/messy-legality-drones-article-1.1269026.
  Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun, "From Jus ad Bellum to Jus Ad Vim: Recalibrating Our Understanding of the Moral Use of Force", Ethics & International Affairs, 27, 1 (2013), pp. 87-106.
  Daniel Brunstetter, "Drones: The Future of Warfare?", e-International Relations, 2012; http://www.e-ir.info/2012/04/10/drones-the-future-of-warfare/
  Daniel Brunstetter and Jean-Vincent Holiendre, “La guerre juste au prisme de la théorie politique” Raisons politiques 45, 1 (2012) pp. 5-18.
  Daniel R. Brunstetter, "Can We Wage a Just Drone War?", The Atlantic, 2012.
  Daniel Brunstetter, Tensions of Modernity: Las Casas and His Legacy in the French Enlightenment (New York: Routledge,2012)
  Daniel Brunstetter, "Rousseau and the Tensions of France's Contrat d'Accueil et d'Integration", Journal of Political Ideologies 17, 1 (2012), pp. 95-114
  Daniel Brunstetter, "Fiction and the Political: Towards a Critical Engagement with Power Relations" (Review essay of Reverzy, Fonkoua, and Hartmann, Les fables du politique des Lumières à nos jours) Modern and Contemporary France, 2012
  Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun, “The Implications of Drones on the Just War Tradition”, Ethics & International Affairs, 25,3 (Fall 2011)
  Daniel Brunstetter and Scott Brunstetter, ‘“Shades of Green: Engaged Pacifism, the Just War Tradition, and the German Greens”, International Relations, 25, 1 (2011), pp. 65-84.
  Daniel Brunstetter and Dana Zartner, “Just War Against Barbarians: Revisiting the Valladolid Debates Between Sepúlveda and Las Casas", Political Studies, 59, 3 (2011), pp. 733-52.
  Daniel Brunstetter, “Sepúlveda, Las Casas and the Other: Exploring the Tension between Moral Universalism and Alterity”, The Review of Politics 72 (2010), pp. 409- 35.
  Daniel Brunstetter, “Old World Philosophy in a New World: From Natural Slave to Natural Man,” in Old Worlds, New Worlds. European Cultural Encounters, c.1000 – c.1750, ed. L. Bailey, L. Digglemann, and K.M. Phillips. Brepols Publishers (2009), pp. 101-120.
  Translations (French to English)

Bertrand de Jouvenal, “An Essay on Rousseau’s Politics”; (tr. Daniel Brunstetter) in Rousseau: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, 4 Vols., ed. John T. Scott, London: Routledge, 2006, Vol. 1, p. 79-140.

Eric Weil, “J.J. Rousseau and His Politics”; (tr. Daniel Brunstetter) in Rousseau: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, 4 Vols., ed. John T. Scott, London: Routledge, 2006, Vol. 1, p. 141-63.

Jean Wahl, “Rousseau’s Bipolarity”; (tr. Daniel Brunstetter) in Rousseau: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, 4 Vols., ed. John T. Scott, London: Routledge, 2006, Vol. 1, p. 193-97.

Felicity Baker, “The Contrary Route”; (tr. Daniel Brunstetter) in Rousseau: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, 4 Vols., ed. John T. Scott, London: Routledge, 2006, Vol. 1, p. 313-39.

Gustave Lanson, “The Unity of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Thought”; (tr. Daniel Brunstetter) in Rousseau: Critical Assessments of Leading
Grants Albert and Elain Borchard Foundation grant
Chateaubriand Fellowship
Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
Single Investigator Innovation Grant, from the Academic Council on Research, Computing and Library Resources
Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship - Portuguese
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation summer research grant
American Political Science Association
MidWest Political Science Association
Western Political Science Association
Research Centers Center for Citizen Peace Building
Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality
UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Center for International Studies (Associate Director)
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