Yascha Mounk, born in Munich, Germany, is a political scientist and researcher. He is Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Moynihan Public Scholar at City College in New York. He is the founder of Persuasion, an online magazine devoted to defending the values of free societies, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. He also serves as a publisher of the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. His latest book is The Identity Trap: A Story of Ideas and Power in Our Time (2023).