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. He is director of the Democratizing NOVA project at Mason's Center for Social Science Research.

For a more extensive biography, see https://www.benmanski.com/biography

Selected Publications

Books

Manski, Ben. “The Constitutional Revolution.” Routledge, New York City, (2022).

Journal Articles

Collins, Mary and Simone Pulver, Dustin Hill, and Ben Manski. “Characterizing Disproportionality in Facility-Level Toxic Releases in U.S. Manufacturing, 1998-2012.” Environmental Research Letters, Volume 15, No.3, Spring 2020.

Manski, Ben, Hillary Lazar, and Suren Moodliar. “The Millennial Turns and the New Period: An Introduction.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 34, No.1, 2020.

Manski, Ben and Jackie Smith. “Introduction: The Dynamics and Terrains of Local Democracy and Corporate Power in the 21st Century.” Journal of World-Systems Research, Volume 25, Issue 1, Spring 2019.

Manski, Sarah and Ben Manski. “No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World.” Law & Critique, June 2018.

Chapters of Books

Pulver, Simone and Ben Manski. “Corporations and the Environment,” in The Springer Handbook of Environmental Sociology, ed. Beth Caniglia et alia. Springer, NY, NY, 2020.

Manski, Ben. “Methodological Approaches to Movement Waves and the Making of History,” in The Palgrave Handbook on Social Movements, Revolution, and Social Transformation, ed. Berch Berberoglu. Palgrave Macmillan, NY, NY, 2019.

Manski, Ben. “Universalize Power: Build the Democracy Movement,” in Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times, by Charles Derber. Routledge, NY, NY, 2017.

Manski, Ben. “Beginning the World Again: Social Movements and the Challenge of Constitutional Change,” in Human Rights Of, By, and For the People: How to Critique and Change the U.S. Constitution, edited by Louis Edgar Esparza, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Judith Blau. Routledge, NY, NY, 2017.

Journal Editor

Manski, Ben and Hillary Lazar, sp. eds. “Seattle+20: Movements at the Millennium.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 34, No.1, 2020.

Manski, Ben, sp. ed. “Symposium: Corporate Power and Local Democracy.” Journal of World-Systems Research, Volume 25, Issue 1, Spring 2019.

Other Selected Publications

Fletcher, Bill and Ben Manski. “Reflections on Organized Labor, the Black Radical Congress, and Building a United Front.” Socialism and Democracy, 34, No.1, 2020.

Stockwell, Norman and Ben Manski. “Indymedia and Media Activism at the Turn of the Millennium.” Socialism and Democracy, 34, No.1, 2020.

Manski, Ben and Suren Moodliar. “Voter Assemblies to Protect the Vote,” in TURNOUT! Mobilizing Voters During an Electoral Emergency, ed. Suren Moodliar et alia. Routledge, NY, NY (2020).

Manski, Ben and Jill Stein. “The Global Climate Strike: Why We Can't Wait.” Truth Out, Sept. 2014.

Selected Interviews

Cobb, David. “Where are the Greens in the Green New Deal? Longtime democracy activist Ben Manski reflects on the history, and possible futures, of a Green New Deal.” The Progressive, Madison, WI, March 23 2019.

Barrett, Patrick. “An Interview with Ben Manski of the Wisconsin Wave,” in It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protests, ed. Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle, Verso, Brooklyn, NY, 2012.

Perl, Jacob. “Megaphone: An Interview with Ben Manski of the Liberty Tree Foundation.” Jewish Currents, Brooklyn, NY, Spring 2012.

Expanded Publication List

Books

Manski, Ben. “The Constitutional Revolution.” Routledge, New York City, (2021).

Journal Articles

Collins, Mary and Simone Pulver, Dustin Hill, and Ben Manski. “Characterizing Disproportionality in Facility-Level Toxic Releases in U.S. Manufacturing, 1998-2012.” Environmental Research Letters, Volume 15, No.3, Spring 2020.

Manski, Ben, Hillary Lazar, and Suren Moodliar. “The Millennial Turns and the New Period: An Introduction.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 33, No.3. 2020.

Manski, Ben and Jackie Smith. “Introduction: The Dynamics and Terrains of Local Democracy and Corporate Power in the 21st Century.” Journal of World-Systems Research, Volume 25, Issue 1, Spring 2019.

Manski, Sarah and Ben Manski. “No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World.” Law & Critique, June 2018.

Manski, Ben. “The Democratic Turn of the Century: Learning from the U.S. Democracy Movement.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 29, Issue 1, March 2015.

Manski, Ben. “Seattle Uprising Still a Force in World Events, 15 Years Later.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Dec. 1, 2014.

Manski, Ben. “The Massacre in Miami.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 18, Issue 1, March 2004.

Chapters of Books

Pulver, Simone and Ben Manski. “Corporations and the Environment,” in The Springer Handbook of Environmental Sociology, ed. Beth Caniglia et alia. Springer, NY, NY, 2020.

Manski, Ben. “Methodological Approaches to Movement Waves and the Making of History,” in The Palgrave Handbook on Social Movements, Revolution, and Social Transformation, ed. Berch Berberoglu. Palgrave Macmillan, NY, NY, 2019.

Manski, Ben. “Universalize Power: Build the Democracy Movement,” in Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times, by Charles Derber. Routledge, NY, NY, 2017.

Manski, Ben. “Beginning the World Again: Social Movements and the Challenge of Constitutional Change,” in Human Rights Of, By, and For the People: How to Critique and Change the U.S. Constitution, edited by Louis Edgar Esparza, Keri E. Iyall Smith, and Judith Blau. Routledge, NY, NY, 2017.

Journal Editor

Manski, Ben and Hillary Lazar, sp. eds. “Seattle+20: Movements at the Millennium.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 33, No.3, November 30, 2020.

Manski, Ben, sp. ed. “Symposium: Corporate Power and Local Democracy.” Journal of World-Systems Research, Volume 25, Issue 1, Spring 2019.

Manski, Ben, ed., Liberty Tree Journal, Vol I-II, Issues 1-8, 2005-2008.

Manski, Ben, ed., Midwest Headwaters Journal, Vol 5-8, 1995-1997.

Manski, Ben, ed., Democracy Unlimited Post Dispatch, Vol 1-2, 1996-1997.

In Progress

Manski, Ben. “Crisis and Strategy, Democracy Movements and Constitutional Change.” (in submission)

Manski, Ben. “A Field Guide to the U.S. Greens.” Heinrich Böll Foundation. (under contract)

Manski, Ben. “The Next Constitution.” Next System Project, Washington D.C., 2020. (under contract)

Manski, Ben. “Constitutional Fluidity and Democratization: A Time Series Analysis of 244 countries over 66 years.”

Manski, Ben and John Foran. “Toward Climate Democracy.”

Manski, Ben. “The Three Traditions of Movement Theory in a Time of Systemic Movements: Contention, Identification, Praxis.”

Manski, Ben. “The Wisconsin Uprising Explained via Movement Building Analysis.”

Other Selected Publications

Fletcher, Bill and Ben Manski. “Reflections on Organized Labor, the Black Radical Congress, and Building a United Front.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 33, No.3. 2020.

Stockwell, Norman and Ben Manski. “Indymedia and Media Activism at the Turn of the Millennium.” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 33, No.3. 2020.

Manski, Ben and Suren Moodliar. “Voter Assemblies to Protect the Vote,” in TURNOUT! Mobilizing Voters During an Electoral Emergency, ed. Suren Moodliar et alia. Routledge, NY, NY (2020).

Manski, Ben. “Review of the book, Constituents before Assembly: Participation, Deliberation, and Representation in the Crafting of New Constitutions. By Todd A. Eisenstadt, A. Carl Levins & Tofigh Maboudi.” Law & Society Review, Winter 2019.

Manski, Ben and Sarah Manski. “It Started in Wisconsin.” Jacobin, March 2018.

Manski, Ben. “After Trump and Obama: A President’s Day Resolution to Abolish the Presidency.” Common Dreams, Feb. 2018.

Manski, Ben and Sarah Manski. “After Wisconsin 2011, Before Janus 2018: Lessons for the Next Popular Uprising.” In Critical Solidarity, Vol 14(3), Dec 2017.

Manski, Ben. “DHS Immigration Memo Underscores Urgent Need for National Guard Reform.” BillMoyers.com, Feb. 2017.

Ryan, Charlotte and Ben Manski, Gregory Maney. “Social Movement Thinkers, Activist Scholars Discuss Emerging Agenda for Social Movement Relevant Research.” Critical Mass Bulletin, Vol 42(2), Fall 2016.

Alperovitz, Gar and Ben Manski. “What Comes After Capitalism? Upcoming Teach-Ins Can Show a Way Forward.” Truth Out, April 2016.

Manski, Ben. “Why Washington should fear the silence of the anti-war movement.” Al Jazeera, Dec. 2014.

Manski, Ben and Jill Stein. “The Global Climate Strike: Why We Can't Wait.” Truth Out, Sept. 2014.

Manski, Ben. “Liberty is Hunted Around the Globe: What Snowden Taught Us About American Freedom.” Truth Out, July 2013.

Manski, Ben. “The Protest Wave: Why the Political Class Can’t Understand Our Demands.” In These Times, Oct. 2011.

Manski, Ben. “From Liberty to Empire: The Demise of American Defense,” in Come Home America, ed. George O’Neill, Jr.. Titan Publishing Company, London, November, 2010.

Manski, Ben and Lisa Graves. “Corporations are People Too.” In These Times, March 2010

Manski, Ben and Lisa Graves. “New American Crisis.” Syndicated, multiple newspapers, March 2010

Columnist, The Planski, The Isthmus, Madison’s Weekly Newspaper, 2008-2010.

Manski, Ben and Karen Dolan. “Unleash Democracy: Policies for a New Federalism,” in Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond, ed. Chester Hartman. Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C.,, January, 2009. 

Manski, Ben and Karen Dolan. “Has Your Town Declared Peace Yet?” Yes! Magazine, Summer, 2008.

Manski, Ben and Karen Dolan. “Your Time is Up, Mr. President: The National Guard is Coming Home.” Syndicated, Spring 2008.

Manski, Ben. “From Liberty to Empire: The Demise of American Defense.” Liberty Tree Journal, Vol 2, Issue 3, 2007.

Manski, Ben. “How the Corporation Captured the Academy.” Liberty Tree Journal, Vol 2, Issue 2, 2007.

Manski, Ben. “State Power Against the Slave Power.” Liberty Tree Journal, Vol 1, Issue 3, 2006.

Manski, Ben. “The Essence of the Corporation.” Liberty Tree Journal, Vol 1, Issue 2, 2006.

Manski, Ben and John E. Peck. “Corporatization: An Internal Clash of Civilizations,” in the Annual Yearbook on Public Services. TNI Publishing, Amsterdam, 2005.

Manski, Ben. “A People’s Party for Dane County, Wisconsin.” Orion Afield, December, 2001.

Manski, Ben. “In the Hands of Youth,” in Campus Incorporated: Corporate Power and the Ivory Tower. ed. Geoffry White. Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2000.

Manski, Ben. “97 Hours of Struggle.” Z Magazine, May 1998.

Manski, Ben. “Wisconsin Awakens.” New Internationalist, Oct. 1997.

Selected Academic Papers, Talks and Sessions

Session Presider, “Activist Knowledge in the Construction of Movement Relevant Research.” American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, New York City, 2019.

“Theorizing Climate Democracy,” with John Foran. Global Studies Association, Chicago, 2019.

“Evaluating democracy movement effectiveness in processes of constitutional change: A mixed qualitative and statistical comparative approach.” Law and Society Association (LSA), Washington D.C., 2019.

Session Chair, “Social Movements and Creative Strategies.” LSA 2019.

“Seeking Democratization through Constitutional Renewal: Why Do Democracy Movements Succeed or Fail?” Young Scholars in Social Movements Mini-Conference, The Center for the Study of Social Movements, Univ. of Notre Dame 2019.

“Against Enduring Threats: The Relevance of "Strategic Necessity" in the Construction of a Democracy Movement in the United States.” Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, 2019. 

“A Method of Movement Building Analysis for Explaining Heightened Contention.” American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2018.

Session Presider, “Capitalism and its Crises: Economic, political, and environmental.” ASA 2018.

Session Chair, “The Critical Search for Theoretical Relevance in Social Movement Studies: Considered Internationally.” World Congress of Sociology (ISA), Toronto, 2018.

“Movement Building Analysis as Method: The Case of the Wisconsin Uprising.” World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, 2018

“Popular constitutionalism in today's USA: Activist praxis, strategic necessity and structural change.” Law and Society Association, Toronto, 2018.

“The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World,” with Sarah Manski. Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy, and Ethics, Phoenix, 2018.

“What We Gain by Centering Agency in Social Movement Epistemology.” Pacific Sociological Association, March 2018 as well as at the World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, 2018.

“Toward Climate Democracy.” Global Scholars Conference, UC Santa Barbara CA, 2018.

“On the Making of History: Restoring the Agency of Activists to Social Movement Studies.” Beyond Positivism Conference, Montreal, 2017.

“Super Polluters, Super Employers? Disproportionality in the production of pollution and the jobs versus environment debate,” with Mary Collins, Simone Pulver, and Dustin Hill. ASA Annual Meeting, Montreal, 2017.

“Why It Started in Wisconsin: The Role of Movement Building in Producing Protest Waves.” ASA 2017.

“The Role of Strategic Necessity: Constitutional Reform as a Social Movement Response to Structural Adjustment.” ASA 2017.

“Amend or Defend? What a crossnational analysis tells us about constitutional reform and democratization.” Law & Society International Meeting, Mexico City, 2017.

“Is a Post-Positivist Social Movement Theory Possible? The critical search for relevance in social movement studies.” Post-Positivist Sociology Workshop. UC Santa Barbara, 2017.

“The Role of Movement Building in Producing Uprisings.” First SDSU Conference on Social Movements and Protest, San Diego State University, 2017.

“When Uprisings Aren't Spontaneous: The Lessons of Wisconsin.” ASA Annual Meeting, Seattle, 2016.

 “Rethinking the Corporation, Rethinking Democracy: The mainstreaming of a radical discourse.” ASA 2016.

Session Presider, “Movement Relevant Research.” ASA 2016.

Session Presider, “A Scholar & Activist Gathering: From 1999 to 2016 and Beyond.” Labor Temple, Seattle, 2016.

“Constitutionalism, Deliberation, and Democracy.” West Coast Law & Society Retreat, UC Irvine, 2016.

“Social Movement Constitutionalism.” ASA Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2015.

“A Crossnational Longitudinal Analysis of Constitutionalism and Democratization.” Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine, 2015.

Keynote Addresses and Notable Lectures

Democracy Convention, Madison WI, Minneapolis MN, 2011, 2013, 2017

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel, 2012

Green Fest, Boston, Massachusetts,2012

Port Huron at 50, Santa Barbara, California,2012

Port of Humanity Sugihara Memorial, Tsuruga, Japan, 2011

Education for the People Speaking Tour, Massachusetts, six campuses, 2011

Conference on the Constitutional Convention, Harvard Law School, 2011

Young Lawyers Division: Lawyers in Politics, Madison, Wisconsin, 2011

Left Forum (keynote panel and other panels), New York City, 2011, 2012, 2013

Life & Law in the U.S.A. After Citizens United v. FEC, UW Law School, 2010

Who Decides About War?, Georgetown Law School, 2009

Power Shift 2009, Washington, D.C., 2009

Mayors for Peace Vision 20/20, Des Moines, Iowa, 2008

Education for Democracy Conference, Storrs, Connecticut, 2007

International Symposium on Participatory Democracy, Barcelona, 2005

Democracy Summer, Tallahassee, Florida, 2001

Alliance for Democracy Convention, Boulder, Colorado, 1998

450+ other appearances as listed speaker.

Selected Interviews

Cobb, David. “Where are the Greens in the Green New Deal? Longtime democracy activist Ben Manski reflects on the history, and possible futures, of a Green New Deal.” The Progressive, Madison, WI, March 23 2019.

Barrett, Patrick. “An Interview with Ben Manski of the Wisconsin Wave,” in It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protests, ed. Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle, Verso, Brooklyn, NY, 2012.

Perl, Jacob. “Megaphone: An Interview with Ben Manski of the Liberty Tree Foundation.” Jewish Currents, Brooklyn, NY, Spring 2012.

Gramling, Jonathan. “The Legacy of Chiune Sugihara.” The Capital City Hues, Madison, WI, August 25, 2011.

Zielinski, Graeme. “Green and Growing?” On Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, Madison, WI, Fall 2004.

Topical interviews on CNN, NBC News, CBS News, BBC News, Fox News, Voice of America, Pacifica, National Public Radio (various), Washington Post, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, etc; regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Week in Review (2011-2013) 

Education

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

MA, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2016)

JD, University of Wisconsin School of Law (2005)

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