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, 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 is currently 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, Earth Research Institute Research Assistant, and a Critical Realism Network Associated Fellow.
University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD candidate in Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Research Assistant at the Earth Research Institute, 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, Democracy Movements and Democratization, Environmental Movements & Inequalities, Climate Sociology, Rights of Nature
“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.