Social Scientist, Lawyer, Advocate
Social Movements, Constitutionalism, Democratization & Ecology
Ben Manski is a scholar, advocate, and lawyer who has been committed to building a U.S. democracy movement since the early 1990s. He is president of the Liberty Tree Foundation, a strategy center he founded in 2004, a co-founder of Move to Amend, and an Associate Fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies. In 2010, Manski co-founded the Wisconsin Wave, which played a leading role in the Wisconsin uprising of 2011 and which continues today. In 2012, he managed the Jill Stein for President campaign; from 2001-2004 he served as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. He is a lifelong union member.
Manski is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also serves as a Research Fellow with the Next System Project. Together with his wife, Sarah, he parents their two sons, Lev and Isaac.
Social Science and Law
M.A., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, 2016
J.D., University of Wisconsin, 2005
B.A., Sociology, UW-Madison, 1999
Select publications at ucsb.academia.edu/BenManski
Core Areas: Social Movements,
Law and Society, Political Sociology,
Campus & Public Lectures
A featured speaker at hundreds of campuses and communities worldwide and a frequent guest in major and alternative media, Manski's regular topics include democracy, constitutional law, social change, elections, the corporation, ecology, and the future of higher education.
IDEAS IN ACTION
“Ben Manski has intriguing and provocative ideas, which will arouse spirited discussion in any audience.”
~ Howard Zinn