Faculty Expert Profile

Yascha Mounk

  • Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute
  • Associate Professor of the Practice of International Relations


  • SNF Agora Institute
  • School of Advanced International Studies

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish

Yascha Mounk is a political scientist known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy. He is also a frequent contributor to international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on radio and television in over 10 countries. He is a senior fellow at SNF Agora Institute and professor of the practice Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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 10 languages and recognized as a “Best Book of 2018” by the Financial Times and other publications.

Mounk is a a contributing editor at The Atlantic, senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. He is also a frequent contributor to international newspapers and magazines including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Foreign Affairs as well as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recent columns he penned for The Atlantic magazine include "Why Trump's Second Term Will Be Worse," "How Labour Lost The Culture War," and "The Inverted Likability Test" about candidates running for president.

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