Yoshiko M. Herrera

Position title: Professor of Political Science

Email: yherrera@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-2241

414 North Hall

Office Hours: Schedule appointments here

Affiliated with Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Chicago

A.B. in Political Science, Dartmouth College

Research Interests:

Politics in Russia and Eurasia, Social Identities (Nationalism, Ethnicity, Xenophobia, Trust, Diversity), US-Russian relations, International Norms, and Political Economy


Yoshiko M. Herrera is a Professor of Political Science at the University Wisconsin Madison. Her research on Russian politics; nationalism, identity and ethnic politics; political economy and state statistics (national accounts); and international norms, has been published with Cambridge University PressCornell University PressPerspectives on PoliticsComparative PoliticsPolitical AnalysisSocial Science Quarterly, and Post-Soviet Affairs, and other outlets.  In Madison, Herrera teaches courses on comparative politics, social identities and diversity, and post-communist politics, and in 2021 she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at UW-Madison.

Herrera received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago. Before arriving in Madison in 2007, Herrera was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in the Government Department at Harvard University (1999-2007). She is also a former Director of the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, former Co-Director of the Institute For Regional and International Studies, and former Director of the UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University. For a recent profile of Herrera by the UW Alumni Association in relation to the war in Ukraine, see this link.


PS 182: Introduction to Comparative Politics (Honors) (next offered fall 2024)

PS 344 (previously 400-6): Russian Invasion of Ukraine (next offered spring 2024)

PS 846: Racial Ethnic Diversity: Causes & Effects (next offered spring 2024)

PS 856: Field Seminar in Comparative Politics (next offered fall 2024)

PS 987: Comparative Politics Colloquium (next offered 2024-2025)

PS 814: Social Identities: Definition and Measurement, Spring 2020

PS 335: Social Identities, Spring 2020

PS 949: Post-Communist Politics


Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, UW-Madison 2021

Vilas Associate Award, UW-Madison 2017-19 Support for project “Violent Extreminism in Russia”


Hear from Professor Herrera in these episodes of the 1050 Bascom Podcast