Yascha Mounk is a PhD Candidate in Harvard University's Government Department, where he is currently a Krupp Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellow at the Center for European Studies.

His primary research interests lie in political theory. They include an interest in the past and future of democratic politics, recent changes to the welfare state, and the influence that a newly resurgent discourse of moral responsibility has on a wide range of distributive and allocative institutions. His dissertation, which Yascha is completing under the supervision of Michael Sandel, Richard Tuck, Nancy Rosenblum, and Eric Beerbohm, is entitled: "The Age of Responsibility: Rethinking the Role of Choice and Personal Responsibility in Non-Ideal Theory."

Yascha was born in Germany to Polish parents and has also lived in England, France and Italy. Before coming to Harvard, he studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and Columbia University. While pursuing his PhD, he spent a year at Sciences Po. He speaks fluent English, German, French, Italian and Polish, and has some basic Spanish and Latin.

Next to his scholarly pursuits, Yascha occasionally writes about European and U.S. politics for publications including the New York Times, Die Zeit, and the Wall Street Journal. His first book, about contemporary Germany and German-Jewish relations since 1945, will be published in January by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (FSG). For more information on his book, op-eds and book reviews, please consult his personal website.

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