Harris Mylonas

Harris Mylonas
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe Hall 403
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Nationalism, Nation- building, Social Order, Diaspora policies, European integration, Qualitative Research Methods


Harris Mylonas is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. His work contributes to our understanding of states’ management of diversity that may originate from national minorities, immigrants, diasporas, or refugees. He is particularly interested in the role of decision makers’ perceptions about foreign involvement in their domestic affairs and the impact these perceptions have on the planning and implementation of state policies. He is teaching undergraduate courses on Nationalism, Patriotism, and European Integration, and graduate courses on Nation-Building in the Balkans, Nationalism and Nation-Building, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Professor Mylonas' award-winning book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2012) identifies the conditions in which the ruling political elites of a state target unassimilated groups with assimilationist policies instead of granting them minority rights or excluding them from the state.  The Politics of Nation-Building won the 2014 European Studies Book Award by the Council for European Studies which honors the best first book on any subject in European Studies published within a two-year period and the Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for the best first book on International Relations, Comparative Politics or Political Economy in 2013. The book was also awarded an honorable mention by the Rothschild Prize in Nationalities and Ethnic Studies Committee of the Association for the Study of Nationalities in 2014.

Mylonas is also the co-editor of two edited volumes: Enemies Within: Fifth Column Politics in Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2022; w/ Scott Radnitz) and The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics (Routledge, 2022; w/ Alexandra Délano Alonso).  He is currently co-authoring a book with Maya Tudor on nationalism (under contract with Cambridge University Press). His work has also been published in the Annual Review of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Security Studies,  European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,  Territory, Politics, Governance, Nations and Nationalism, Social Science Quarterly, Nationalities Papers, Ethnopolitics, as well as various edited volumes.

Turning to service, Mylonas has served as Associate Dean for Research at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs during 2017-18. Since 2018, he is editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers, a peer-reviewed journal published by Cambridge University Press for the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN). He has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors of ASN since 2011. He is also a member of the editorial board of Diaspora Studies as well as the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. From 2019 to 2021, he served as Chair of the Council for European Studies Research Network on “Historical Study of States and Regimes."

As part of his public engagement activity, beyond writing opinion pieces, Mylonas has recently completed a political documentary entitled, Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis. The film premiered at the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, won two awards at the International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra and was also screened at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC and the 2021 World Congress of Political Science of the International Political Science Association.

Mylonas received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, his MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and completed his undergraduate degree at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Athens, Greece. In 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 academic years he was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.


Ph.D., Yale University, 2008



Harris Mylonas and Scott Radnitz (eds). 2022. Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns. Oxford University Press.

Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas (eds). 2022. The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics. Routledge.

Harris Mylonas. 2012. The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Journal Issue: 
Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas (eds.). 2019. The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 45, Issue 4.
Edited Volumes:

Harris Mylonas and Scott Radnitz. Forthcoming. Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns, Oxford University Press.

Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas. 2022. The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics, Routledge. 


Recent Articles:

Harris Mylonas and Ned Whalley. 2022. “Pandemic Nationalism.” Nationalities Papers, Vol. 50, Issue 1: 3-12.

Harris Mylonas and Maya Tudor. 2021. “Nationalism: What we know and what we still need to know,” Annual Review of Political Science, Volume 24: 109-132.

Daniel Bochsler, Elliott Green, Erin Jenne, Harris Mylonas and Andreas Wimmer. 2021. “Exchange on the quantitative measurement of ethnic and national identity,” Nations and Nationalism, Volume 27, Issue 1: 22-40.

Harris Mylonas. 2019. “Nation-Building Policies in the Balkans: An Ottoman or a Manufactured Legacy?” Nations and Nationalism, Volume 25, Issue 3: 866-887.

Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas. 2019. “The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 45, Issue 4: 473-491.

Harris Mylonas and Marko Žilović. 2019. “Foreign Policy Priorities and Ethnic Return Migration Policies: Group-Level Variation in Greece and Serbia,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 45, Issue 4: 613-635.

Book Chapters:

Book Reviews:

  • 2020. Review of Alexandra Délano Alonso’s From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration, and Social Rights Beyond Borders, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2018. In Migration Studies.
  • 2020. Review of Alan Gamlen's Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants, and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions, Oxford University Press, 2019. In EUI's Global Citizenship Observatory series. 2018. Review of Zeynep Bulutgil’s The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2016. in Nationalities Papers, Volume 46, Issue 5, pages 916-919.


Classes Taught

PSC 2332 - European Integration

PSC 2338 - Nationalism

PSC 6362 - Nation Building in the Balkans

PSC 8104 - Qualitative Research Methods

PSC 8388 - Nationalism and Nation-Building

IAFF/PSC 6388 - Nationalism in Europe