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 over twenty 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.
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
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
“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.