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Dr Benjamin Abrams
16 Taviton Street
  • Teaching Fellow in Political Sociology
Benjamin received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2017. His doctoral research (Mobilization Beyond the Movement: Contention, Affinity and Convergence in New York, Cairo and Paris) was a tripartite study of unexplained mass mobilization in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Occupy Wall Street, and the 1789 French Revolution. This was a mixed-methods project, combining hundreds of hours of qualitative interviews with ethnographic observations, archival research and comparative historical analysis.

In the years following his PhD, Benjamin served as the Director of Studies for Human, Social and Political Sciences at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge; and an affiliated Lecturer in faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge.

In 2019, after a short stint as a Teaching Fellow in Political Sociology, Benjamin took up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at SSEES.

Research Summary

Benjamin's research focuses on exploratory macro-causal comparisons and case studies, designed to generate new, durable theoretical insights. His approach fuse these macro-level approaches with in-depth investigative within-case methods, with a specialism in the analysis of ethnographic interviews and archival sources. His research covers the following topics:


Benjamin's research on revolutions has answered questions such as: how the shape of revolutionary coalitions prefigures revolutionary outcomes; how revolutionary waves initiate new protests elsewhere; and how revolutionary movements demobilise after contentious conflicts. He has also recently published two articles on the analysis of revolutionary processes and programmes, in collaboration with the political theorist John Dunn.

Mass Mobilisation

Benjamin's last major research project was on 'mobilisation beyond the movement': instances of spontaneous mass mobilization, carried out by people who are neither members nor affiliates of organized movements. The project developed an entirely new model of mass mobilization: the Affinity-Convergence Model of Mobilization. Benjamin is currently preparing a monograph, based on this project, under the working title: "Beyond the Movement.” 

Resistance Movements

Benjamin is the Principal Investigator on the 'Resistance to Populism' project, a Leverhulme funded research fellowship. This comparative project explores how modern societies respond to and resist the rise of populist regimes. The project’s first output – Theorizing Resistance Movements was presented at the 2018 Millennium conference.


Benjamin is editor in chief of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest.

Teaching Summary
From 2019-2021, Benjamin will be conducting full-time research, funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.

Past Teaching:
At UCL, Benjamin was the 2018/19 convener for SSESS0014: Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology, SEES0106: Introduction to Discourse Analysis, and taught on SESS0034: Researching Politics and Society, and SEES0128: Qualitative Methods.

Benjamin also supervises dissertations on topics relating to his research interests.

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