• Ben Manski, October 2019

    Social Science, Law, Public Policy

    Ben Manski studies the participation of ordinary people in the deliberate constitution of their societies. His work takes in social movements, law, politics, climate and ecology, focusing on democracy, democratization, and constitutionalism, and he has published widely on these themes. In the past, Manski practiced public interest law for eight years and managed national non-profit organizations, direct action campaigns, and political campaigns and parties for twenty five years. He presently is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, a Liberty Tree Foundation Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies Associate Fellow, Next System Project Research Fellow, and a Critical Realism Network Associated Fellow.

    Research for a Democratic Society

    Read the latest from Ben's research blog here: https://www.benmanski.com/research

    University of California, Santa Barbara


    PhD Candidate in Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)


    MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016

    JD, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2005

    BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1999


    CV at ucsb.academia.edu/BenManski/CurriculumVitae

    Select publications at ucsb.academia.edu/BenManski 


    Fields: Social Movements; Law and Society; Political Sociology; Environmental Sociology


    Research Interests: Sociology of Constitutions; Social Movements; Legal Mobilization and Legal Change; Philosophy of Social Science; Federalism & Municipalism; Global Governance and Democratization; Environmental Movements & Inequalities; Climate Sociology; Rights of Nature


    Teaching Interests: Social Movements; Sociology of Law; Global Governance; Constitutional Law (U.S., Global, Comparative); Research Methods; Logics of Inquiry; Social Theory; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Environmental Ethics; Political Sociology; Public Law and Public Policy

  • Public Appearances

    “Ben Manski has intriguing and provocative ideas, which will arouse spirited discussion in any audience.”

    ~ Howard Zinn

    Lectures and Interviews

    A featured speaker at hundreds of campuses and communities worldwide and a regular guest in major and alternative media, Manski presents useful strategies for democratizing society and overcoming the domination by corporate capital of our institutions and daily lives.

    Democracy Advocate

    Liberty Tree Foundation

    for the Democratic Revolution

    Founder and President


    Next System Project

    New Constitutionalism Research Fellow


    Speaking, media, and other inquiries.

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