About the Expert

Expert Bio

Yascha Mounk is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an associate professor of the practice of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, and the founder of Persuasion.

Known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy, Mounk is the author of 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 vs 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. He is at work on his fourth book, provisionally called The Great Experiment: How to Make Diverse Democracies Work.

 Mounk occasionally writes for newspapers and magazines including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular columnist or contributor for major international publications including Die Zeit, l’Express, Folha de Sao Paolo, Kultura Liberalna, Letras Libres, and La Repubblica, and hosts The Good Fight podcast.

Born in Germany to Polish parents, Mounk received his BA in history from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and his PhD in government from Harvard University.