Deborah J. Yashar is Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs, and Professor of Politics & International Affairs at Princeton University.  She has served as editor of World Politics, co-chair of the advisory council for the SSRC Program Anxiety of Democracy, serves on several other editorial boards, and has assumed various leadership roles at APSA and LASA. Her research focuses on the intersection of democracy and citizenship with publications on regime politics; ethnic politics and social movements; violence; state formation and state capacity; and Latin American politics. She has authored 3 books, coedited 4 volumes, and written many articles and book chapters.

Selected Publications

The Inclusionary Turn in Latin America (Co-edited with Diana Kapiszewski and Steve Levitsky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

State Building in the Developing World (coedited with Atul Kohli and Miguel Centeno; Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Parties, Movements, and Democracy in the Developing World (coedited with Nancy Bermeo; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Handbook of Latin American Politics (coeditor Peter Kingstone' Routledge University Press, 2012)

Contesting Citizenship in Latin America: The Rise of Indigenous Movements and the Postliberal Challenge (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Demanding Democracy: Reform and Reaction in Costa Rica and Guatemala (Stanford University Press, 1997).

Selected Honors and Awards

Yashar is an elected member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has fellowships and awards from Fulbright, the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, the United States Institute of Peace, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Princeton's Class of 1934 University Preceptorship, among others. She received her doctorate in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.