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Daniel I. O’Neill


Daniel I. O’Neill


Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999


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Dan O’Neill’s research and teaching interests are principally in the history of British and American political thought, particularly in the 18th century.  He is especially interested in how issues crucial to that period continue to illuminate a range of contemporary theoretical problems, ranging from the meaning of democracy, conservatism, and feminism, to the politics of empire and imperialism.  He also has longstanding interests in theories of liberalism and multiculturalism, and their practical intersection in culturally plural societies.  His publications include Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire (University of California Press, 2016); The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate: Savagery, Civilization and Democracy (Penn State University Press, 2007); and Illusion of Consent: Engaging with Carole Pateman (Penn State University Press, 2008), co-edited with Mary Lyndon Shanley and Iris Marion Young.  Other work has appeared in such journals as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, the Journal of the History of Ideas, Polity, and The Review of Politics, as well as a number of edited volumes.  Together with Terence Ball and Richard Dagger, he is also now co-author of the textbook, Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, and co-editor of its companion anthology of primary sources, Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader (both published by Routledge).