Dr Benjamin Abrams

Alumnus at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Alumnus at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, and Senior Member at King’s College, and Leverhulme Fellow at University College London

Dr Benjamin Abrams is an expert in the study of political processes in democratic and authoritarian societies. In a democratic context, Dr Abrams’ research concerns matters such as democratic backsliding, the rule of law, and social movements. His research on authoritarian societies explores revolutions, resistance movements and mass mobilization. His regional expertise spans the United States, the UK and continental Europe, and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Dr Abrams’ research and expert opinion has informed a variety of reports to governmental and international bodies, as well as work in the third sector.

Dr Abrams is the author of two books: The Rise of the Masses: Spontaneous Mobilization and Contentious Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2023), and Symbolic Objects in Contentious Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2023). He is also chief editor of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest.