Daniel Sheehan is an Honors Graduate of Harvard College in the fields of American Government and International Relations. He is capable of teaching American History, the Development of the United States Government and its Political Parties, the History of the United States Supreme Court and the Development of the American Constitution, the History of United States Foreign Relations – and the History of U S Covert Operations, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the various Covert Operations Agencies and units of the US Military.
“Obviously, Dan Sheehan’s unique background makes him an expert on the political and legal history of our nation. But what makes him a one-of-a-kind educator is his ability to present that material within a compelling philosophical and ethical frame.”
University of California at Santa Barbara
Daniel is also a graduate of Harvard Law School where he served as Co-Editor of The Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review and as Chief Research Assistant to Professor Jerome Cohen, the Chairman of the International Law Department at the Harvard Law School. He specialized in American Constitutional Law and International Law, studying under Professor Lawrence Tribe, America’s most renowned Constitutional scholar, and served under Professor Abe Chayes as one of the five Point Briefers to Congress on the Cooper-Church Amendment to terminate all funding to the Vietnam War.
Daniel taught “The History of American Covert Operations” at the undergraduate level at the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught American Constitutional Law at Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.
In 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019, Daniel taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In the spring of 2012, he taught a class titled “The Trajectory of Justice: The People’s Advocate,” which reviewed some of the landmark cases Daniel has litigated and participated in through his career. In the fall of 2013, he taught a class titled “The Alternative Theories of the JFK Assassination,” and covered the main theories as to who, how and why JFK was assassinated. In spring 2015, a second “Trajectory of Justice” class was taught going over the role of Natural Law in the constitution and the role of the public intellectual, which was also the name of a winter 2015 “Santa Cruz Free University” class. In spring 2016, Danny taught a class on the hidden power structure in the U.S. going back to the Civil War titled “The Rulers of the Realm.” The 2019 class was “The Trajectory of Justice in America: THE INDIGENOUS UPRISING AT STANDING ROCK; GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE & THE POTENTIAL UPCOMING IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP IN A PROGRESSIVE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE”.
Daniel Sheehan is available to serve as a Visiting Professor at both the college and the Law School level, or as an Adjunct Professor.
Daniel also conducts a variety of seminars on a ranges of topics such as:
- The Right of Journalists to Protect Their Confidential News Sources
- Freedom of the Press
- CIA Covert Operations and the Watergate Burglary
- Nuclear Safety and the Criminal Smuggling of Fissionable Nuclear Materials
- International Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking and Illegal Arms Smuggling
- Black Civil Rights and the Ku Klux Klan
- Native American History and Native American Rights
- World Views – New Tools for Understanding Current Events and Finding Real Solutions
- And many other topics.
Worldviews, the New Paradigm, Quantum Physics
After facing, through his legal cases and investigations, some of the darkest and most challenging structures and activities of our government and corporations, Daniel Sheehan began researching and developing new tools and perspectives to help solve these problems. Building on his original study, at Harvard Divinity School, of the five classical worldviews that shape the way that people experience and act in the world, Daniel has expanded the conceptual model to include a total of eight Worldviews.
Practically speaking, an American businessperson cannot have successful business relations in China without understanding the worldview of the Chinese people and of Chinese government officials. One example is that a popular board game in China is the game “Go,” the goal of which is to encircle your opponent. In America we revere the game of chess, the goal of which is to win through a combination of direct moves. This has implications for the way that each perceives what is happening in the world… and the way in which each responds.
Politically, American voters cannot intelligently decide whom to vote for without understanding that there are several different worldviews vying for power. Moreover, the proponents of these worldviews often pretend that they embrace values different from the ones they actually possess. If a politician says that he is a “compassionate conservative”, it does not necessarily mean that he is a conservative nor that his policies are going to be compassionate. Knowledge of the worldviews makes it easier for the voter to sort out what policies candidates will actually bring into being, regardless of their rhetoric. Today, politicians on the extreme are not conservatives in the true meaning of the word; the majority of them in fact hold a reactionary worldview, which is very different. For this reason, many people who grew up in conservative Republican families are confused by “new” conservatives. This is because they are not actually conservatives. They are cling to a reactionary worldview.
Understanding World Views means that more aspects of the truth can be seen and more tools are available for dialogue and negotiation.
Daniel Sheehan is now developing seminars ranging in length from six hours to six weeks to nine months. Because a worldview includes religion, philosophy, political theory, psychology, and many components, this program takes into consideration the role of the human mind, body and spirit, and incorporates all important fields of human thought. The program includes research on Quantum Physics, and the Sixth Paradigm that will emerge from it in the next fifty years. Additionally, Daniel has incorporated the latest sociological research on America’s generations and how they have historically worked together to solve monumental challenges such as the Great Depression and two World Wars.