Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
2115 G Street, N.W.
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
- "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:
- China’s policies toward ethnic groups, in Security Studies (with Enze Han);
- the future of nation-Building, in e-International Relations;
- the role of religion in democratizing countries, in Harvard International Review;
- the Greek financial crisis in The Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Yearbook 2011: The Global Economic Crisis and the Case of Greece (Springer);
- third-party nation-building in occupied territories, in Ethnopolitics (with Keith Darden);
- nation-building in the Western Greek Macedonia in Rethinking Violence: State and Non-State Actors in Conflict (BCSIA International Security Series, MIT Press);
- electoral competition in Sub-Saharan Africa elections in Comparative Political Studies (with Nasos Roussias);
- on ethnic return migration and the right to freedom of movement in Greece, in Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff);
- Greek repatriation policies in Immigrants and Minorities: Discourse and Policies (Vivliorama/KEMO, with Elpida Vogli); and,
- the Greek political system, in the European Journal ofPolitical Research (with George Th. Mavrogordatos).
He has also published articles in international newspapers and magazines (Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, CNN.com, Guardian, and Newsweek Japan, among others).