Harvard Lecturer Yascha Mounk

Get Me a Drink If You Want Me to Dance

Yascha Mounk is a lecturer on government at Harvard University and a Fellow in the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund. Published regularly in the New York Times and Die Zeit, he is working on a book about the crisis of liberal democracy. Before joining the panel at a Zócalo/NPR Berlin event, “Is Populism Undermining Western Democracy?” Mounk laughed in the Zócalo green room about his strange past in management consulting.

Q:
Where would we find you at 10 a.m. on a typical Saturday?

A:
Trying to get back to sleep in my bed.

Q:
What superpower would you most like to have?

A:
Knowing the future.

Q:
What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?

A:
Management consultant [big laugh].

Q:
What’s your favorite spot in Berlin?

A:
The Landwehr Canal in Kreuzberg.

Q:
What is your favorite train ride?

A:
From Rome to Pisa along the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Q:
What does it take to get you on a dance floor?

A:
Alcohol.

*Photo by Marc Darchinger.