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Benjamin Moffitt

Senior Lecturer & ARC DECRA Fellow, Australian Catholic University

Benjamin Moffitt is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2019-2021) at the National School of Arts, ACU (Melbourne). His research is located at the intersection of comparative politics, contemporary political theory and political communications, and focuses on contemporary populism across the globe.

Benjamin joined ACU in 2018. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Uppsala University and Stockholm University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014, and his BA (Hons) from the University of Wollongong. He has been a visiting researcher at the WZB (Berlin Social Science Centre) and University of Toronto, and is an associate of the Sydney Democracy Network and Uppsala University's Department of Government.

Benjamin is the author of 'The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation' (Stanford University Press, 2016), and numerous articles and chapters on populism in Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe, as well as the theoretical and media-communicative dimensions of populism. These have appeared in journals including Political Studies and Government & Opposition, and in collections such as The Oxford Handbook of Populism. He is currently writing a book on populism and political theory for Polity's 'Key Concepts in Political Theory' series.

Benjamin is also a frequent commentator in the Australian and international press, and his work has appeared in outlets such as The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, The Conversation, the ABC, and the BBC World Service. In 2018, Benjamin was named one of ABC's inaugural Top 5 researchers in Humanities and the Social Sciences in Australia.


  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer, National School of Arts, Australian Catholic University
  • 2017–2018
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Government, Uppsala University
  • 2013–2017
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, PhD (Government & International Relations)
  • 2008 
    University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Arts (Honours I & University Medal)

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)