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Yascha Mounk

Associate Professor of the Practice

About

Yascha Mounk is a political scientist known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. His third and most recent book, "The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom is In Danger and How to Save It," has been translated into ten languages and recognized as a “Best Book of 2018” by the Financial Times and other publications.

Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and Harvard University, Mounk is a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a Senior Advisor at Protect Democracy, a Columnist at Slate, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. He is also a frequent contributor to international newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Foreign Affairs as well as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Expertise

Regions

  • Europe
  • North America

Topics

  • Populism
  • Liberal Democracy
  • Public Policy
  • Transatlantic Relations

Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish

In the News

Democracy in Poland is in mortal danger.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 10/9

A synagogue attack on the holiest day of the year.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 10/9

The Democrats are blowing this election.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 10/4

Interview with Helen Lewis.

Yascha Mounk hosted The Good Fight podcast, 8/28

What Boris Johnson did to the world’s most stable democracy.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 8/28

Trump could win again.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 8/20

The dictators’ last stand.

Yascha Mounk wrote in Foreign Affairs, 8/16

U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE.

Yascha Mounk hosted The Good Fight podcast, 7/31

How not to run a panel.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 7/28

The rapid fall of the left.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 7/9

The more you watch, the more you vote populist.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 7/6

The U.S. threat to international democracy.

Yascha Mounk cited in BNN Bloomberg, 6/26

Council of Europe restores Russia’s voting rights.

Yascha Mounk cited in The New York Times, 6/25

Elif Shafak.

Yascha Mounk hosted The Good Fight podcast, 6/19

Sanders’s speech about socialism was deeply unserious.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 6/13

What to make of the European elections.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 5/30

A Russia scandal even populists couldn’t stomach.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 5/21

A referendum on the EU experiment?

Yascha Mounk interviewed on Project Syndicate Opinion Has It podcast, 5/21

Have special interests managed to capture the state?

Yascha Mounk hosted Slate The Good Fight Podcast, 5/8

How authoritarians manipulate elections.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 5/8

Guaido’s risky bet in Venezuela paid off. Barely.

Yascha Mounk cited in Bloomberg Opinion, 5/1

No country safe from populism.

Yascha Mounk interviewed on CNN, 4/29

What is the state of our democracy?

Yascha Mounk quoted on Spectrum News, 4/29

Trump dangers after the Mueller report.

Yascha Mounk hosted Slate Trumpcast podcast, 4/23

Austria and Italy.

Yascha Mounk hosted BBC The Populist Curtain, 4/23

Poland and Hungry.

Yascha Mounk hosted BBC The Populist Curtain, 4/21

Democracy in retreat: Experts discuss the global state of freedom.

Yascha Mounk cited in Johns Hopkins HUB, 2/6