Harris Mylonas

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Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
406 Monroe Hall
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

Curriculum Vitae


Harris Mylonas is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. He is 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. He is the incoming editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers and Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities

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. He served as Associate Dean for Research at the Elliott School of International Affairs (2017-2018). 
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.
He is currently working on his second book project--tentatively entitled The Strategic Logic of Diaspora Management Policies--analyzing why some states develop policies to cultivate links with and/or to attract back certain diasporic communities while others do not.


Ph.D., Yale University, 2008


-Harris Mylonas. 2021. “The Determinants of Successful Nation-building: Macrosociological Political Modernization and Political Alliance Structures,” Nationalities Papers, Vol. 49, Issue 5.

-Harris Mylonas and Kendrick Kuo. 2018. “Nationalism and Foreign Policy,” in Cameron G. Thies (ed.). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis, Volume II. Oxford University Press, pp. 223-242.

-Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas. 2017."The microfoundations of diaspora politics: unpacking the state and disaggregating the diaspora," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

- Harris Mylonas and Marko Žilović. 2017."Foreign policy priorities and ethnic return migration policies: group-level variation in Greece and Serbia," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

-Harris Mylonas. 2017. "Nation-Building," Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. -Harris Mylonas and Nadav Shelef. 2017. “Methodological Challenges in the Study of Stateless Nationalist Territorial Claims,” Territory, Politics, Governance, Volume 5, Issue 2: 145- 157.

-Keith Darden and Harris Mylonas. 2016. "Threats to Territorial Integrity, National Mass Schooling, and Linguistic Commonality," Comparative Political Studies, Volume 49, No. 11: 1446-1479.

-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.

Classes Taught

PSC 2332 European Integration (for undergraduates)

PSC 2338 Nationalism (for undergraduates)

PSC 6362 Nation Building in the Balkans (for M.A. students)

PSC 8104 Qualitative Research Methods (for doctoral students)

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