Yascha Mounk

Associate Professor of Practice, Johns Hopkins University's School

Yascha Mounk is a writer, academic and public speaker known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy.

Born in Germany to Polish parents, Yascha received his BA in History from Trinity College, Cambridge, and his PhD in Government from Harvard University. He is now an Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where he holds appointments in both the School of Advanced International Studies and the Agora Institute. Yascha is also a Senior Advisor at Protect Democracy, a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance, a Senior Fellow at New York University's Reiss Center on Law and Security, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Yascha has written three books: Stranger in My Own Country - A Jewish Family in Modern Germany, a memoir about Germany’s fraught attempts to deal with its past; The Age of Responsibility – Luck, Choice and the Welfare State, which argues that a growing obsession with the concept of individual responsibility has transformed western welfare states; and The People versus Democracy – Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, which explains the causes of the populist rise and investigates how to renew liberal democracy. His latest book has been translated into eleven languages, and hailed as one of 2018's Best Books of the Year by multiple publications, including the Financial Times. A Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, Yascha regularly writes for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Foreign Affairs. He is also is also a regular columnist or contributor for major international publications including Die Zeit, La Repubblica, l'Express, Folha de Sao Paolo, Kultura Liberalna, and Letras Libres.

To get a better sense of Yascha’s work, listen to his podcast, read his weekly column, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Or check out these recent profiles of him and reviews of his work:

  • The New York Times, "How Stable Are Democracies? Warning Signs are Flashing Red", 2016.
  • The Atlantic, "Containing Trump", 2017.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Can Yascha Mounk Save Liberal Democracy?", 2017.
  • The New Yorker (David Remnick), "Donald Trump and the Stress Test of Liberal Democracy", 2018.
  • The New York Times, "The People vs Democracy", 2018.
  • The Los Angeles Times, "America on the Brink", 2018.
  • The Economist, "How Liberal Democracy Fell Apart", 2018.
  • The Guardian, "The Three Crises of Liberal Democracy" 2018

Yascha Mounk