Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Harris Mylonas

Harris Mylonas

Title — Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Office — Monroe 406

Office Hours — Thursday 3:30-5:30pm or by appt.

Phone — (202) 994-1466

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

Nationalism; Nation- and State-building; Immigrant and Refugee incorporation policies; European integration; The Balkans


Ph.D., Yale University, 2008


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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.



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

- 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); and,

- Greek repatriation policies in Immigrants and Minorities: Discourse and Policies (Vivliorama/KEMO, with Elpida Vogli).

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)