Ben Manski

Ben Manski

Ben Manski

Assistant Professor

Sociology: Social Movements; Next System Studies; Sociology of Constitutions; Democratization; Civic Engagement; Environmental Sociology; Federalism and Municipalism; Philosophy of Social Science.

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, and the corporation, 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 is an Institute for Policy Studies Associate Fellow, Next System Project Research Fellow, Liberty Tree Foundation Fellow, and a Critical Realism Network Associated Fellow.

Manski joined the faculty of George Mason University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology in August of 2020. 

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PhD, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2020)

JD, University of Wisconsin School of Law (2005)

BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1999)