Harris Mylonas

Harris Mylonas
Title:
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Office:
Monroe 406
Email:
[email protected]
Website:
https://harrismylonas.com/

Areas of Expertise

Nationalism; Nation-building; Diaspora policies; European integration; Qualitative Research Methods.

Harris Mylonas is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers. He interested in the processes of nation- and state-building, diaspora policies, and political development. 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. 
 
His first book The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities, 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. The Politics of Nation-Building identifies the conditions in which the ruling political elites of a state target unassimilated ethnic groups with assimilationist policies instead of granting them minority rights or excluding them from the state. Through a detailed study of the Balkans, Mylonas shows that how a state treats a non-core group within its own borders is determined largely by whether the state's foreign policy is revisionist or cleaves to the international status quo, and whether it is allied or in rivalry with that group's external patrons. Mylonas injects international politics into the study of nation-building, building a bridge between international relations and the comparative politics of ethnicity and nationalism. He is currently working on his second book project--tentatively entitled Diaspora Management Logics--analyzing why some states develop policies to cultivate links with and/or to attract back certain diasporic communities while others do not. He is also co-authoring a book on nationalism with Maya Tudor (University of Oxford) and co-editing a volume on the politics of fifth columns with Scott Radnitz (University of Washington, Seattle).
 
His involvement and writings on the Greek crisis led to him being invited to become one of the contributors for the Political Data Yearbook published by the European Journal of Political Research. Mylonas recently co-produced and directed 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.
 
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 2008-09 and 2011-12 academic years he was an Academy Scholar in residence at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He has served as Associate Dean for Research at the Elliott School of International Affairs (2017-18). 

 

Education

Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
 
 

Publications

Books:
Harris Mylonas. 2013. The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press).

Harris Mylonas. Diaspora Management Logics, Unpublished book manuscript.. 

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.
 
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Office Hours

Tuesday 2:40 - 4:40pm

Classes Taught

PSC 2332 European Integration (for undergraduates)

PSC 2338 Nationalism (for undergraduates)

PSC 6362 Nation Building in the Balkans (for MAs)

PSC 8104 Qualitative Research Methods (for doctoral students)

PSC 8388 Nationalism and Nation-Building (for doctoral students)