Benjamin Moffitt

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stockholm University

Dr. Benjamin Moffitt is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. He is the author of 'The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation' (Stanford University Press, 2016).

His research interests include:
* Populism
* Political communication
* Politics and media
* Contemporary political and social theory
* Democratic theory
* Representation
* Political sociology


  • 2013–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University
  • 2011–2012
    Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Government & International Relations, University of Sydney
  • 2011–2011
    Visiting Research Fellow, Civil Society, Conflicts and Democracy Unit, WZB Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Social Science Research Centre, Berlin)


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


  • 2016
    Understanding Contemporary Populism: Media, Crisis & Democracy, Stanford University Press
  • 2015
    Contemporary Populism and ‘The People’ in the Asia-Pacific: Thaksin Shinawatra and Pauline Hanson’ in de la Torre, C. (ed.) The Promise and Perils of Populism: Global Perspectives, University of Kentucky Press
  • 2014
    How to Perform Crisis: A Model for Understanding the Key Role of Crisis in Contemporary Populism, Government & Opposition
  • 2014
    Rethinking Populism: Politics, Mediatisation, Political Style (with Simon Tormey), Political Studies
  • 2012
    Straddling the divide: mainstream populism and conservatism in Howard’s Australia and Harper’s Canada (with Dave Snow), Commonwealth & Comparative Politics

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Sociology (1608)