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Daniel Blanch, Ph.D.


Department of Political Science
International Relations


Education

Ph.D. University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies, USA
M.A. University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies, USA
B.A. in Political Science, Oregon State University, USA

Research Interests

Dr. Blanch focusses on citizens & political participation in relation to the current crises in democracy, particularly in Europe and the USA. Democratic accountability and the mechanisms involved in these processes are key to empowering citizens and renewing the legitimacy of political institutions. Diverse cultural perspectives and shared conceptions of democratic principles provide the basis for Dr. Blanch's research in areas of national sovereignty and social transformation in the public sphere.

Publications and Media Placements

Select media coverage

Interview on 'Legislating Gun Control in the USA' by Spanish news outlet 20 minutos, published on May 26, 2022. See it at La hercúlea tarea de arrebatar las armas al pueblo estadounidense: "Allí es un derecho constitucional culturalmente muy arraigado" (20minutos.es)

Interview published with a major British daily, Express, on Jan. 29, 2022. See it at Boris Johnson's 'Partygate' scandal sends shockwaves across the EU 'It's unacceptable!' | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

Interview on 'Gun Control in the USA' by Spanish news outlet 20 minutos, published on April 23, 2021. See it at: https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4668449/0/por-que-hay-tiroteos-ee-uu-derecho-a-portar-armas-extremos-inauditos-violencia-alarmas/

Discussion participant on US elections in the Radio Program Hoy por Hoy of Angels Barceló on Cadena SER, Nov. 4, 2020.

Discussion participant on US Foreign Policy in the Real Instituto Elcano Debate 'US elections: who votes, what and why', Oct. 29, 2020.

Select Teaching Awards

Faculty Teaching Award from the Saint Louis University Madrid Student Government Association on May 13, 2021.

Conference Papers & Recent Academic Presentations

'Human Dignity in an Era of Global Tension: Normative Foundations for Democratic Cooperation or a Critique of Hegemony', Paper proposal for the forthcoming Philosophy and Social Science Conference, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 11-15, 2022.

'Normativity in Citizen Activism', Paper proposal accepted for the Philosophy and Social Science Conference, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 19-23, 2021.

'Building shared conceptions of democracy while citizens demand national sovereignty', paper presented at the 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Madrid, Spain, June 20-22, 2019.

'Contested Views of The Public Sphere: Democratic Openness, National Interests & Global Forces', paper presented at the Philosophy and Social Science Conference, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 29-June 2, 2019.

'Populism and the Crisis of the EU: Can Citizens Construct Their Own Identity?', paper presented at the 26th Annual Philosophy and Social Science Conference, at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 16-20, 2018.

'Democratic yearning, populism and global issues', paper presented at the 25th Annual Prague Critical Theory Conference, at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 17-21, 2017.

'Transparency or opacity in ancient & modern political life: are citizens to be truly informed?', paper presented at the II Colloquium in the History of Moral & Political Philosophy, University of Minho, Jan. 13, 2017.

'Democratic Principles in a Rationalist Public Square: on Merging Citizens' Cultural Perspectives', paper presented at the Prague Critical Theory Conference, at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 18-22, 2016.

'Faccións e finanzas: as vicisitudes das eleccións presidenciais do 2016 en EE.UU.', conference by invitation at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, April 4, 2016.

'Citizens and Representation in Democracy: Tolerance, Secularism and Hyperpluralism' paper presented at Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, on 'Representation, the People, and Political Leadership', University of Minho, Braga (Portugal), Jan. 14-15, 2016.

'Citizens in 21st century democracies: beyond coexistence to shared political principles?', paper presented at the Prague Critical Theory Conference, at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, May 21-24, 2015.

'The Choices and Voices of Citizens: Political Participation and Post-Enlightenment Theory', paper presented at the Philosophy and Social Science Conference, at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, May 22-25, 2014.

'Seeking Common Ground: Courageous Citizens, Polarized Democracies and the Rhetorical Approach', paper presented at the Fourth Conference on Democracy, University of Minho (Portugal), November 2013.

'Rhetorical Imagination and the Citizen' presented at the Rhetoric, Between the Theory and Practice of Politics Conference, University of Minho (Portugal), June 2013.

'Democratic Theory for Today's Citizens - Seeking Accountability in Governance' presented at the International Political Science Association Conference, Complutense University, Madrid (Spain), June 2012.

'Youth intercultural experiences', paper presented at the ‘Youth Constructing Worlds. Capacities and Limits of Action for Change’ Conference, Madrid, Oct. 4, 2010.

'Retórica y el ciudadano activo: ideas sobre la democracia, del Atlántico al Mediterráneo' [Rhetoric and the active citizen: ideas on democracy, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean], paper presented at the work group El desafío democrático de la Retórica, IX Congreso de la Asociación Española de Ciencias Políticas, Málaga, Sept. 23-25, 2009.

'Conclusions', for the Seminar: 'The Inclusion of Migrant Young People in Society – The Role of Local Authorities & Civil Society', European Youth Center Budapest, Oct. 19-20, 2006.

'Social exclusion risks for youth in NW Spain'.  Paper presented at the Council of Europe Seminar Social inclusion and young people, Budapest, Oct.31-Nov. 2, 2005.

Select Publications

Article published in the Observatory on Contemporary Crises, titled "Xosé M. Núñez Seixas and Memories of the Authoritarian Past". You may access it at: https://crisesobservatory.es/xose-m-nunez-seixas-and-memories-of-the-authoritarian-past/

'Building a symbiosis of praxis and theory in normative political philosophy', article published in PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM, 11/2016.

'Estrategias dialécticas y retórica en los fundamentos democráticos de los Estados Unidos', [Dialectical strategies and rhetoric in the democratic origins of the United States] article published in Utopía y Praxis Latinoamericana.

'Introducción'.  Book chapter in La evasión americana de la filosofía. Una genealogía del pragmatismo. Madrid: Editorial Complutense.

'Depending on their parents: risks of social exclusion among youth in northwestern Spain'.  Book chapter in Social inclusion for young people: breaking down the barriers, edited by H. Colley, P. Boetzelen, B. Hoskins, and T. Parveva, Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

'Between the traditional and the postmodern: political disaffection and youth participation in Galicia'.  Book chapter in Revisiting youth political participation, edited by J. Forbrig, Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

'The Multicultural Nature of Democracy: Spain's Multination State'.  Book chapter in On European Identity: Nationalism, Culture and History, edited by C. Szaló, Brno: Masaryk University.

Select Published Translations

The Spanish Blue Division on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945: War, Occupation, Memory, by Xosé M. Núñez Seixas, University of Toronto Press, forthcoming May 2022 (translated with A. Blanch and C. Patterson).

La evasión americana de la filosofía, (translation of The American Evasion of Philosophy, by Cornel West.)  Madrid: Complutense University Press (short-listed for the best book translation award of the year by the Unión de Editoriales Universitarias Españolas.)

Los Estados Unidos de Europa. Manifiesto para una Nueva Europa (translation of The United States of Europe. Manifesto for a new Europe, a book by Guy Verhofstadt). Santiago de Compostela: Edicións Tórculo.

El Federalista, (translation with Ramón Máiz of The Federalist Papers, by A. Hamilton, J. Madison and J. Jay). Madrid: Ediciones Akal

Book reviews

'Building an American Empire. The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion', by Paul Frymer (Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2017), book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.18, 11/2018.

'The Transformation of American Liberalism', by George Klosko (Oxford University Press, 2017), book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.17, 11/2017.

'The General Will. The Evolution of a Concept', by James Farr and David Lay Williams, book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.16, 11/2016.

'Transformative Democracy,' a book review of 'The Democratic Horizon: Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Political Liberalism', by Alessandro Ferrara, in The European Legacy, 2016.

'Just War and the International Order: The Uncivil Condition in World Politics', by Nicholas Rengger, book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.15, December 2015.

'The Democratic Horizon. Hyperpluralism and the Renewal of Democratic Liberalism', by Alessandro Ferrara, book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.14, December 2014.

'Imagined Democracies. Necessary Political Fictions', by Yaron Ezrahi, book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.13, December 2013.

'Attention Deficit Democracy. The Paradox of Civic Engagement', by Ben Berger, book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.12, December 2012.

'Credit and Blame', by Charles Tilly, book review in Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.11, December, 2011.

'The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism' by George McKenna', book review in Serie Dorada de Foro Interno, Anuario de Teoría Política, n.10, December 2010.