Award-winning political scientist and editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers, Harris Mylonas serves as an independent voice on difficult political issues. These include geopolitical trends and risks, the role of nationalism in international and domestic politics, and polarisation and identity politics in the United States.
Harris Mylonas is an academic with over fifteen years of experience. His work has influenced policies in various government agencies. He has given several presentations to various government branches. These include the Foreign Service Institute and the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. DoD’s Intelligence Community where he unpacks the political developments in the EU, Greece, and the Eastern Mediterranean. He has also contributed to Executive Analytic Exchanges about geopolitical matters for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. Mylonas has also briefed U.S. Ambassadors before taking up their postings in Greece and Cyprus.
During his long career, Harris Mylonas has given talks to and put together policy memos for many think tanks. Amongst these, he includes the likes of The Asian Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington DC, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and the Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.
Harris Mylonas has been part of PONARS Eurasia for over fifteen years. This network consists of more than 140 academics. Most of them hail from America and post-Soviet Eurasia, striving to bridge scholarly insights with actionable policy in the region. He has also been an Advisor for the Aspen Institute’s vital initiative “Who is Us? A Project on American Identity”. The Citizenship and American Identity Programme manages the initiative.
An award-winning author of books covering various political issues, Harris Mylonas has also made a documentary film. In “Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crises” he explores the consequences of voter overreliance on charismatic leaders. He also co-produced the podcast “American Constitutive Stories”. The podcast serves as a platform where Americans from diverse backgrounds can share their understanding of various topics.
Someone with a widely respected voice in his field, Harris Mylonas has seen his insights published in various news outlets. These include The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and many more. He also regularly appears on radio and television. He has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBC Radio, and Voice of America.
Regarding his academic background, Harris Mylonas earned his MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago. From there he went on to complete his PhD in Political Science from at Yale University. He then served as an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University for two years. Mylonas has been a Professor at George Washington University since 2009. He also served as Associate Dean for Research at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Other positions include his stint as Chair of the Council for European Studies Research Network and his decade-long term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Studies of Nationalities.
As a conference speaker, Harris Mylonas focuses on various areas pertaining to geopolitics. His area of expertise includes U.S. and European affairs, especially that of Greece. He currently resides in Spain and speaks English, Greek, and Spanish.