Yoshiko M. Herrera received her B.A. from Dartmouth College (1992) and M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) from University of Chicago. From 1999-2007 she taught in the Department of Government at Harvard University, as an assistant professor and then as the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences. At Harvard she was also a Faculty Associate and member of the Executive Committee of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Political Science, a former Director of the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, a former Co-Director of the Institute For Regional and International Studies, and former Director (PI) of the UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University.
Her research interests include politics in Russia and the states of the Former Soviet Union; nationalism, identity and ethnic politics; political economy and state statistics (national accounts); and international norms. She teaches courses on comparative politics, identity, and post-communist politics .
Her first book, Imagined Economies: The Sources of Russian Regionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2005), examines the relationship between economics and regionalism in movements for greater sovereignty among the Russian regions of the Russian Federation.
A second book and collaborative project with Rawi Abdelal, Alastair Iain Johnston, Rose McDermott, and Will Lowe, focused on measurement of Social identities. This project resulted in an article in Perspectives on Politics (Dec. 2006), an edited volume titled, Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and a content Analysis, program, the Yoshikoder.
Herrera’s Third book, Mirrors of the Economy: National accounts and international norms in Russia and beyond, was published by Cornell University Press in 2010. This book was an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Ed A. Hewett Book Prize given by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 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.”
Finally, she is currently working on xenophobia and contemporary Russian nationalism, jazz and race in Russia, state capacity and gender, and a collaborative project on formal models and identity with Andrew Kydd.