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Benjamin Zablocki
Born January 19, 1941 (1941-01-19) (age 80)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Professor of Sociology

Benjamin Zablocki (born January 19, 1941) is and American professor of sociology at Rutgers University where he teaches sociology of religion and social psychology. He has published widely on the subject of charismatic religious movements and cults.

Academic career

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Zablocki received his B.A. in mathematics from Columbia University in 1962 and his Ph.D. in social relations from the Johns Hopkins University in 1967, where he studied with James S. Coleman. He did postgraduate studies in psychiatry and psychology.[citation needed]

Zablocki heads the Sociology department at Rutgers. He has published widely on the sociology of religion.[1][2][3]

Selected Works



  • The Blacklisting of a Concept: The Strange History of the Brainwashing Conjecture in the Sociology of Religion. Nova Religion, Oct. 1997
  • Methodological Fallacies in Anthony's Critique of Exit Cost Analysis, ca. 2002,
  • The Birth and Death of New Religious Movements ca. 2005


  1. Lucas, Phillip Charles; Robbins, Thomas, eds. (2009). New Religious Movements in the Twenty-first Century: Legal, Political, and Social Challenges in Global Perspective. New York, New York: Routledge. p. 313. ISBN 978-0-4159-6577-4.
  2. Oakes, Len, ed. (1997). Prophetic Charisma: The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalities. Syracuse New York: Syracuse University Press. pp. 158–159. ISBN 0815627009.
  3. Antes, Peter; Geertz, Armin W.; Warne, Randi Ruth, eds. (2004). New Approaches to the Study of Religion Vol 1: Regional, Critical, and Historical. Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co.. p. 428. ISBN 978-3-1101-7698-8.

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