Modern Greek Studies Association

Prof. Harris Mylonas

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

George Washington University
Political Science and International Affairs

Academy Scholar
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University


Ph.D.   2008 Yale University (Political Science)
M.Phil. 2005 Yale University (Political Science)
M.A.    2004 Yale University (Political Science)
M.A.    2003 University of Chicago (Political Science)
B.A.    2000 University of Athens, Greece (Political Science and Public Administration)

Principal Publications


2016. Οικοδομώντας το Έθνος: Ομοεθνείς, Πρόσφυγες, Μειονότητες. Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο.

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


2018. Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis
Written, directed, and produced. Official selection, 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Articles & Book Chapters

2020. “The Enduring Promise of the EU,” in Jones, Erik (ed.) European Studies: Past, Present, Future, Agenda Publishing, pp. 193-96.

2019. “Nation-Building Policies in the Balkans: An Ottoman or a Manufactured Legacy?” Nations and Nationalism, Volume 25, Issue 3: 866-887.

2019. “Greece: Political developments and data for 2018,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 58, Issue 1: 113-122.

2019. “Foreign Policy Priorities and Ethnic Return Migration Policies: Group-Level Variation in Greece and Serbia,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 45, Issue 4: 613-635 (with Marko Žilović).

2019. “Hierarchy, Sovereignty, and Adaptation in the Eastern Mediterranean,” in Litsas, Spyridon and Tziampiris, Aristotle (eds.) The New Eastern Mediterranean: Theory, Politics and States in a Volatile EraSpringer, pp. 31-43 (with Ariel Ahram, Virginia Tech University).

2018. “The Political Consequences of the Crisis in Greece: Charismatic Leadership and its Discontents,” in Evdoxios Doxiadis and Aimee Placas (eds.). Living Under Austerity: Greek Society in Crisis. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 46-66.

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

2018. “Greece: Political developments and data for 2017,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 57, Issue 1: 121-128.

2017. “Nation-building.” Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press. 

2017. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 56, Issue 1: 115-122.

2017. “Methodological Challenges in the Study of Stateless Nationalist Territorial Claims,” Territory, Politics, Governance (with Nadav Shelef).

2016. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research, Political Data Yearbook, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 113–123.

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

2016. “The Politics of Nation-Building Revisited: A Response to Fabbe, Kocher, and Köksal,” Nationalities Papers, Volume 44, Issue 3: 496-502.

2015. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 54, Issue 1: 125-132.

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.

2014. "Greece," European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 53, Issue 1: 140-147.

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 (with Nadav Shelef).

2014. "Democratic Politics in Times of Austerity: The Limits of Forced Reform in Greece," Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 12, No. 2 (June): 435-443.

2013. “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).

2012. “Greece”, European Journal of Political Research (with George Th. Mavrogordatos).

2011. “Greece”, European Journal of Political Research, Volume 50, Issue 7-8: 985-990 (with George Th. Mavrogordatos).

2012. "The Future of Euro-Atlantic Integration in the Western Balkans", in Alexander Schmemann and Cory Welt (eds.). Bridging Divides in Eastern Europe. Washington, DC: PONARS Eurasia.

2011. "Is Greece a Failing Developed State?", in Botsiou, Konstantina E.; Klapsis, Antonis (eds.) The Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Yearbook 2011: The Global Economic Crisis and the Case of Greece. Springer.

2010. "Assimilation and its Alternatives: Caveats in the Study of Nation-Building Policies", In Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict, eds. Adria Lawrence and Erica Chenoweth. BCSIA Studies in International Security, MIT Press.

2010. "Hellenes are...Incorporation Strategies toward Co-Ethnic Repatriate Groups in Contemporary Greece (1990-2006)" (with Elpida Vogli). In Immigrants and Minorities: Discourse and Policies, eds.Μiltos Pavlou & Αthena Skoulariki, Athens: Vivliorama/KEMO (Research Center for Minority Groups).

2003. "The Comparative Method & the Study of Civil Wars," Science and Society, Issue 11: 1-35.


2002. Aliens & Refugees. National Integration and Parliamentary Elections in Salonica: 1910-1923.National Center for Social Research (EKKE), Greek Social Data Bank [in Greek].

Book Reviews

2016. Review of Paschalis M. Kitromilides. 2013. Enlightenment and Revolution: The Making of Modern Greece. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. In Nations and Nationalism, Volume 22, Issue 3: pages 598–600.

2015. Review of Kostis Kornetis. Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. 2013. In The American Historical Review, 120 (4): 1563-1565.

2015. Review of Onur Yıldırım. 2012. Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations, 1922-1934. New York and London: Routledge. In Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3: 268-270.

2010. Review of Bruce Clark. 2006. Twice a Stranger: The Mass Expulsions that Forged Modern Greece and Turkey. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. In Nationalities Papers, Vol. 38, No. 4: 578-580.

2009. Review of Alexandros Yannis. 2009. From "I" to "We". Foreign Policy in the Era of the European Union and Globalization. Athens: Papazisis. In The Greek Political Science Review, No. 34: 154-156. [In Greek]

2009. Review of Vogli, Elpida. 2007. "Greek by descent": Identity and Citizenship in Modern Greece, 1821-1844. Heraklion: Crete University Press. In The Greek Political Science Review, No. 33: 146-149.[In Greek]

2001. Review of Politis, Alexis. 1998 (2nd). Romantic Years. Ideologies and attitudes in Greece of 1830-1880. Athens: Mnimon. In Filelefthere Emphase [Liberal Emphasis], No. 7: 151-53. [In Greek]


After a decade of crisis, Greek politics are turning normal and more technocratic,” The Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage, July 14 2019.

The Volatile State of Greek Politics,” Foreign Affairs Snapshot, September 27 2017. (Translated and published in Foreign Affairs, The Hellenic Edition).

The valuation process in the history of art,” Kathimerini, July 23 2017 (with Theo Michael).

Never alone…Find the way,” Kathimerini, January 27 2016.

One year with Alexis Tsipras in Power,” Efimerida ton Syntakton, January 26 2016.

Between Trump and the Troika: Greece After the U.S. Election,” Foreign Affairs Snapshot, November 16, 2016 (with Akis Georgakellos). (Translated and published in Foreign Affairs, The Hellenic Edition).

"Greece just called new elections. Here’s the background you need to understand them," The Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage, August 20, 2015 (with Akis Georgakellos).

2015. “The Agreekment That Could Break Europe: Euroskeptics, Eurocritics, and Life After the Bailout,” Foreign Affairs, July 14.

"Tsipras' Greek balancing act begins" The Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage, February 3, 2015 (with Akis Georgakellos).

"Greece goes to the polls and Europe holds its breath," The Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage, January 24, 2015 (with Akis Georgakellos).

“Why everything is at stake and yet nothing will be decided in today’s Greek presidential election,” The Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage, December 17, 2014 (with Akis Georgakellos).

"The Political Limits of Grecovery" The Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage, July 31, 2014 (with Akis Georgakellos).

"Greek Elections and its Aftermath", The Utopian, May 9, 2012 (with Akis Georgakellos).

"What really went wrong in Greece?",, November 20, 2011 (with Evan Liaras).

"Greece's Legitimacy Crisis",, November 3 2011 (with Thomas Meaney).

"Are Greece's Leaders Reckless or Bold?",, November 2 2011 (with Thomas Meaney).

“The end of peaceful protest?”, Kathimerini (English edition, Greece), July 5 2011.

“Analysis of Greece’s cabinet reshuffle”,, June 17 2011. Reprinted in Kathimerini (English edition, Greece).

"Does the Eurozone need its own Monetary Fund?" The National Newspaper(Abu Dhabi), April 4 2010 (with James Raymond Vreeland). Reprinted in Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review(Turkey). "Greece's crisis, Germany's gain," Los Angeles Times, March 15 2010 (with Thomas Meaney). Reprinted in The Sacramento Bee, The Plain Dealer, The Bradenton Herald, Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), The National (Pakistan),

Hürriyet (Turkey) and in Eleftherotypia (Greece).

"The Name Game," Foreign Policy, July 23 2009 (with Thomas Meaney). Reprinted in Hürriyet (Turkey) and Newsweek Japan (in Japanese).

"Migration: Blessing or Curse?," Kathimerini, February 20 2011 (with Stathis Kalyvas).

"An Iniquitous System," Kathimerini, July 2 2010.

"Co-ethnics, immigrants, and the electoral law," Kathimerini, January 21 2010 (with Elpida Vogli).


"Greeks in America React to Greek Financial Crisis," Voice of America, May 10 2010.

"What's in a name? Quite a lot actually,"

The Balkans-An International Affairs Forum Special Report, published by the Center for International Relations, Fall 2009, pp. 58-60.

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Areas of Specialization

Political Science and International Affairs

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Nation-Building in the Balkans
European Integration
Qualitative Research Methods

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