Daniel H. Levine's research focuses on moral issues surrounding civil conflict, "low intensity" warfare, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and counterinsurgency. He has a particular interest in applying concepts from the pragmatist and feminist philosophical traditions to concrete questions in these areas, such as civilian protection strategy and post-conflict security sector reform. All of this makes him rather close to becoming a pacifist, which wins him no friends.
Dr. Levine has conducted field research on peacekeeping ethics at the UN as well as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Ghana, and Rwanda. He is currently desperately hammering out a manuscript for a book on the morality of peacekeeping, to be publshed (we hope) via Edinburgh University Press.
He has also conducted research on behalf of the US Africa Command, US Institute of Peace, and Stimson Center. He is an active participant in the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping, even though most people at the meetings are unclear on why they need a philosopher. In the fall 2011 semester, he served as a Fulbright scholar in the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana.
Dr. Levine holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as a program officer in the Education and Training Center (International) at the US Institute of Peace. He dabbles in human rights activism, but most of his time not spent writing things involves being asked to re-tell fairy tales "the right way" (i.e., without including giant robots) by his daughter.
Prof. Levine's curriculum vitae.
Areas of Interest:
Ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of international law, civil conflict, peacekeeping