Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University's Government Department and a Carnegie Foundation Academic Fellow at New America.
His primary research interests lie in political theory. Yascha was awarded the PhD by Harvard's Government Department in Spring 2015. His dissertation, on "The Age of Responsibility: The Role of Choice, Luck and Personal Responsibility in Contemporary Politics and Philosophy," was supervised by Michael Sandel, Richard Tuck, Nancy Rosenblum and Eric Beerbohm, and will be published by Harvard University Press.
Yascha is now working on the contemporary crisis of liberal democracy. Among others, he has written papers about ideological challenges to democracy as well as the dangerous rise of populist movements in North America and Western Europe. His second big project will argue that liberalism and democracy are coming apart, creating forms of both "illiberal democracy" and "undemocratic liberalism."
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. He speaks fluent English, German, French, Italian, strong Polish, and has some basic Spanish and Latin.
Next to his scholarly work, Yascha occasionally writes about European and U.S. politics for publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Die Zeit. His first book, about contemporary Germany and German-Jewish relations since 1945, was published in January 2014 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (FSG) and will appear in Germany in October 2015. For more information on his public writing, please consult his personal website.