photo: Harris Mylonas

Harris Mylonas

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Room 406
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-1466
Fax: 202-994-7743

Areas of Expertise

Nationalism; Nation- and State-building; Diaspora management policies; European integration; The Balkans


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 Politics of Managing Diasporas" — 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


  • Mylonas, H. (2013), Greece. European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, 52: 87–95. doi: 10.1111/2047-8852.12012
  • "Ethnic Return Migration, Selective Incentives, and the Right to Freedom of Movement in Post-Cold War Greece," in Willem Maas (ed.). Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2013)

Professor Mylonas' book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 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 articles on a wide range of topics:

He has also published articles in international newspapers and magazines (Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy,, Guardian, and Newsweek Japan, among others).

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)