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 first book, Tensions of Modernity, 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 work on the ethics of force has appeared in Ethics & International Affairs, the Journal of Military Ethics, Political Studies, Review of International Studies, International Journal of Human Rights, Raisons politiques and elsewhere.

He also is co-editor of two edited volumes that cover a variety of themes related to the ethics of war: The Ethics of War and Peace Revisited: Moral Challenges in an Era of Contested and Fragmented Sovereignty (w/Georgetown University Press) and Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to McMahan (w/Routledge)

His current research interests include questions of otherness, the just war tradition, drone warfare, and early modern political thought. His new book project examines the ethics of limited force - what he calls the notion of jus ad vim.
Publications BOOKS

Daneil Brunstetter and Jean-Vincente Holeindre (eds). The Ethics of War Revisited: Moral Challenges in an Era of Contested and Fragmented Sovereignty (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming 2017)

Daniel Brunstetter and Cian O’Driscoll (eds). Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century (Routledge, forthcoming 2017).

Daniel Brunstetter, Tensions of Modernity: Las Casas and His Legacy in the French Enlightenment (New York: Routledge, 2012).


Daniel Brunstetter, “A Tale of Two Cities: The Just War Tradition and Cultural Heritage in Times of War”, Global Intellectual History, Forthcoming.

Daniel Brunstetter, “Jus ad Vim: A Rejoinder to Helen Frowe”, Ethics & International Affairs, 30, 1 (2016), pp. 131-36.

Daniel Brunstetter and John Emery, “Drones as Aerial Occupation?” Peace Review, 27, 4, (2015) pp. 424-31.

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, “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 4, 1 (2014), pp.77-99.

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 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 and Megan Braun, "State of the Union: A Decade of Armed Drones", Brown Journal of World Affairs, 19, 2, 2013.

Daniel Brunstetter, “Drones: The Future of Warfare?” e- International Relations, 2012.

Daniel Brunstetter and Jean-Vincent Holiendre, “La guerre juste au prisme de la théorie politique” Raisons politiques 45, 1, 2012, pp. 5-18.

Daniel Brunstetter “Yes we can? La théorie de la guerre juste dans les campagnes présidentielles américaines (2000-2008)”, Raisons politiques 45, 1, 2012, pp. 59-80.

Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun, “The Implications of Drones on the Just War Tradition”, Ethics & International Affairs 25, 3 (Fall 2011).

Daniel Brunstetter, “Rousseau and the Tensions of France’s Contrat d’Accueil et d’Intégration”, Journal of Political Ideologies 17, 1, 2012, pp. 95-114.

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 and John Emery, “Restricting the Preventive Use of Force: Drones, the Struggle against Non-State Actors, and Jus ad Vim”, in Kirsten Fisk and Jennifer Ramos eds. Preventive Force: Drones,Targeted Killing and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare (New York: NYU Press, 2016), pp. 257-82.

Daniel Brunstetter (with Megan Braun and Amelie Ferey), “Défenir et juger la guerre: les consequences de l’usage des drones par les Etats-Unis sur les doctrines de la guerre juste”, in Julie Saada ed. Pensee la guerre: Conflits contemporains, justifications des guerres et débats normatifs (Lyon: Presses Universitaires de Lyon), 2015.

Daniel Brunstetter, “La Mothe Le Vayer and Political Skepticism”, in John C. Laursen and Gianni Paganini (eds). Skepticism and Political Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015).

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, Daniel Wehrenfennig, and Johanna Solomon, “The Olive Tree Initiative: Lessons Learned about Peace Education through Experimental Learning”, in Aaron Karako, Celina Del Felice, and Andria Wisler eds. Peace Education Evaluation: Learning from Experience and Exploring Prospects (Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press, 2015), pp. 179-92.

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.


Daniel Brunstetter, “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Generational War and the Illusion of Winning”, 2016, http://moralvictories.gla.ac.uk/snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory-generational-war-and-the-illusion-of-winning/

Daniel Brunstetter, “Drones and the Never Ending War Against Barbarians”, 2015; http://www.thecritique.com/articles/drones-the-never-ending-war-against-the-barbarians/

Daniel Brunstetter and Daniel Wehrenfennig, “Teaching About Intractable Conflcits: The Olive Tree Initiative”, 2015, https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/731/:pf_printable?

Daniel Brunstetter and Jennifer Ramos, “The Boons and Banes: The Slippery Slope from Humanitarian Drones to Dehumanizing Drones”, 2014, http://www.cihablog.com/tag/daniel-brunstetter/

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 “Whither the War on Terror”, OC Register, 2013;

Daniel Brunstetter (with Daniel Wehrenfennig, Agnieszka Paczynska, Joseph Roberts) “Conflict and Conflict Resolution” APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries, PS: Political Science and Politics, 46, 3, 2013, pp. 646-48.

Daniel Brunstetter, "The Messy Legality of Drones", New York Daily News, (2013); http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/messy-legality-drones-article-1.1269026.

Daniel R. Brunstetter, “Can We Wage a Just Drone War”, The Atlantic, July 2012.


(BR4*) Daniel Brunstetter, review of The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones, by Matthew Evangelista and Henry Shue, Eds. (Cornell University Press, 2014), in Perspectives on Politics, 14, 2, 2016, pp. 596-98.

Daniel Brunstetter, review of Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict: Ethical, Legal and Strategic Implications, David Cortright, Rachel Fairhurst, and Kristen Wall, eds. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015); in Peace Review, 28, 2 (2016), pp. 258-62.

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, 20, 4, 2012, pp. 521-22.

Daniel Brunstetter, Review of Jonathan Wolff. An Introduction to Political Philosophy; in The Review of Metaphysics, September 2007, 61, 169-71.
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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Last updated 04/03/2018