Yoshiko M. Herrera


Yoshiko M. Herrera received her B.A. from Dartmouth College (1992) and M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) from University of Chicago.  She taught at Harvard University from 1999-2007 and currently is Associate Professor in the department of Political Science, Director of the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, and Co-Director of the International Institute at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her research interests include politics in Russia and the former Soviet states; social identities including methodological issues and measurement; nationalism, regionalism and ethnic politics; identity-related variables in public health and demography; norms and institutional change, including bureaucracy; constructivist political economy; and political psychology. She teaches courses on comparative politics, identity, institutional change, post-socialist economic transitions, and politics of the states of the Former Soviet Union.

Mailing Address:

    North Hall, room 110

    1050 Bascom Mall

    Madison, WI 53706


Phone: 608-263-2241

Office location: 316 North Hall

Recent Publications:


Yoshiko Herrera, "Accidental Hegemony: How the System of National Accounts Became a Global Institution," in Gerald Berk, et al., eds. Unstructuring Politics: New Approaches to Institutional Diversity and Change, Penn State University Press, Chp. 7, (forthcoming 2013).

Yoshiko Herrera and Nicole B. Kraus, "National Identity and Xenophobia in Russia: Opportunities for regional analysis," in William M. Reisinger, ed.  Russia’s Regions and Comparative Subnational Politics, Routledge, 2013, Chp. 6, pp. 102-119.

Yoshiko Herrera, "Imagined Economies: Constructivist Political Economy, Nationalism, and Economic-Based Sovereignty Movements in Russia," in R. Abdelal, M. Blyth and C. Parson, eds. Constructing The International Economy, Cornell University Press, 2010.

Yoshiko Herrera, Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond, Cornell University Press, 2010

    Honorable mention for the 2011 Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for an outstanding publication on the political economy of the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their transitional successors.

Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko Herrrera, Alastair Iain Johnston, and Rose McDermott, eds., Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists. Cambridge University Press, 2009.