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Deborah  J. Yashar

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Deborah  J. YasharYashar is professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. She is also the editor of World Politics. Her research focuses on the comparative study of democracy—with publications on democracy and authoritarianism, citizenship, ethnic politics, social movements, party systems, violence, and globalization.  Currently, she is writing a book about violence in Latin America's contemporary democracies; coediting (with Atul Kohli and Miguel Centeno) a book on state formation and state capacity in the developing world; and coediting (with Nancy Bermeo) a project about democracy and authoritarianism in the developing world.

Her published books include Demanding Democracy: Reform and Reaction in Costa Rica and Guatemala (Stanford University Press, 1997) and Contesting Citizenship in Latin America: The Rise of Indigenous Movements and the Postliberal Challenge (Cambridge University Press, 2005), which received the 2006 Mattei Dogan Honorable Mention, awarded by the Society for Comparative Research. She is the coeditor (with Peter Kingstone) of The Handbook of Latin American Politics (Routledge, 2012).  

Yashar was a 1996 visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute and has received fellowships and awards from Fulbright, the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the United States Institute of Peace, and Princeton’s Class of 1934 University Preceptorship, among others.

She earned her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.





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