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Harris Mylonas

Associate Dean for Research; Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., NW, Suite 401
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Areas of Expertise

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


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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 a 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


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.

Harris Mylonas. 2016. "Greece," European Journal of Political Research, Political Data Yearbook, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 113-123.

Akis Georgakellos and Harris Mylonas. November 16, 2016. "Between Trump and the Troika: Greece After the U.S. Election," Foreign Affairs Snapshot.

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

Harris Mylonas. The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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. 

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)