Harris Mylonas

Harris Mylonas

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 406
Phone: 202-994-1466
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

Harris Mylonas joined the Elliott School of International Affairs in Fall 2009 as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2008, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Athens, Greece. For the 2008-09 and 2011-2012 academic years, he was Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is associate editor of Nationalities Papers and Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

He is currently working on another book project — tentatively entitled "The Strategic Logic of Diaspora Management" — analyzing why some states develop policies to cultivate links with and/or to attract back some of their co-ethnics abroad but not others.


Ph.D., Yale University, 2008



Professor Mylonas' book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2012), 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.

Professor Mylonas has published a broad range of articles:

Keith Darden and Harris Mylonas. 2016. "Threats to Territorial Integrity, National Mass Schooling, and Linguistic Commonality," Comparative Political Studies.
Harris Mylonas. 2015. "Methodological Problems in the Study of Nation-Building: Behaviorism and Historicist Solutions in Political Science," Social Science Quarterly, Volume 96, Issue 3: 740–758.
Harris Mylonas and Nadav Shelef. 2014. “Which Land is Our Land? Domestic Politics and Change in the Territorial Claims of Stateless Nationalist Movements,” Security Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 4, 754-786.
Harris Mylonas. 2014. "Democratic Politics in Times of Austerity: The Limits of Forced Reform in Greece," Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 12, No. 2 (June): 435-443.
Enze Han and Harris Mylonas. 2014. “Interstate Relations, Perceptions, And Power Balance: Explaining China’s Policies Toward Ethnic Groups, 1949-1965,” Security Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 1, 148-181.
Keith Darden and Harris Mylonas. 2012. “The Promethean Dilemma: Third-Party State-building in Occupied Territories,” Ethnopolitics, Issue 1, March, pp. 85-93.
Harris Mylonas and Nasos Roussias. 2008. "When do Votes Count? Regime Type, Electoral Conduct, and Political Competition in Africa," Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 41, No. 11, 1466-1491.

Office Hours

Wednesday 3:40-5:50pm

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)