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

-Winner of the 2014 European Studies Book Award, Council for European Studies
-Winner of the 2013 Peter Katzenstein Book Prize, Cornell University
-Honourable Mention, 2014 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, Association for the Study of Nationalities

Book Symposium in Nationalities Papers, with review essays by Kristin Fabbe; Matthew Adam Kocher; Yonca Köksal and my response.

Reviews: Public Administration, Perspectives on Politics, Nations and Nationalism, International Studies Review, Nationalities Papers, Südosteuropa, Europe-Asia Studies, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Journal of Peace Research, e-International Relations, Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, Choice.

Greek edition: Οικοδομώντας το Έθνος (Epikentro, 2016). Reviews: The Books Journal, To PontikiForeign Affairs Hellenic Edition, The National Herald.

Forthcoming. Situating Nationalism, under contract with Cambridge University Press. (w/ Maya Tudor). Part of the Cambridge University Press Elements Series on the Politics of Development co-edited by Melani Cammett and Ben Ross Schneider.

Edited Volumes

Enemies Within: Fifth Column Politics in Comparative Perspective, Oxford University Press. (w/ Scott Radnitz)

The invocation of fifth columns in the political arena—whether contrived or based on real fears—has historically recurred periodically and is experiencing an upsurge in our era of democratic erosion and geopolitical uncertainty. Fifth columns accusations can have baleful effects on governance and trust, as they call into question the loyalty and belonging of the targeted populations. They can cause human rights abuses, political repression, and even ethnic cleansing. Enemies Within is the first book to systematically investigate the roots and implications of the politics of fifth columns. In this volume, a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars address several related questions: When are actors likely to employ fifth-column claims and against whom? What accounts for changes in fifth-column framing over time?  How do the claims and rhetoric of governments differ from those of societal groups? How do accusations against ethnically or ideologically defined groups differ? Finally, how do actors labeled as fifth columns respond? To answer these questions, the contributors apply a common theoretical framework and work within the tradition of qualitative social science to analyze cases from three continents, oftentimes challenging conventional wisdom. Enemies Within offers a unique perspective to better understand contemporary challenges including the rise of populism and authoritarianism, the return of chauvinistic nationalism, the weakening of democratic norms, and the persecution of ethnic or religious minorities and political dissidents.

With contributions by Samer Anabtawi, Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu, András Bozoki, H. Zeynep Bulutgil, Volha Charnysh, Kathryn Ciancia, Robert Crews, Sam Erkiletian, Kristin E. Fabbe, Lillian Frost, Erin Jenne, Kendrick Kuo, Péter Visnovitz

9781032042787The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics, Routledge. (w/ Alexandra Délano Alonso).

The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics examines the various actors within and beyond the state that participate in the design and implementation of diaspora policies, as well as the mechanisms through which diasporas are constructed by governments, political parties, diaspora entrepreneurs, or international organisations.

With contributions by Alan Gamlen, Michael E. Cummings and Paul M. Vaaler; Jean-Thomas Arrighi and Jean-Michel Lafleur; Michael Ahn Paarlberg; Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff; Enze Han; Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels; Harris Mylonas and Marko Žilović; Olga Zeveleva; Yehonatan Abramson; Rilke Mahieu.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Edited Journal Issues

Harris Mylonas and Ned Whalley (eds.). 2022. Pandemic Nationalism. Nationalities Papers, Vol. 50, Issue 1.

Alexandra Délano Alonso and Harris Mylonas (eds.). 2019. The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 45, Issue 4.

Journal Articles

2022. “Nation-Building and the Role of Identity in Civil Wars,” Ethnopolitics. Vol. 21, Issue 1: 1-21 (w/ Kendrick Kuo).

2021. “Nationalism: What we know and what we still need to know,” Annual Review of Political Science, Volume 24: 109-132 (w/ Maya Tudor).

2021. “Exchange on the quantitative measurement of ethnic and national identity,” Nations and Nationalism, Volume 27, Issue 1: 22-40 (w/ Daniel Bochsler, Elliott Green, Erin Jenne, and Andreas Wimmer).

2021. “Nation-Building. A new approach to the study of nation-building: onset, process, outcome.” The State of Nationalism. An International Review.

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

2019. “The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics: Unpacking the State and Disaggregating the Diaspora,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Volume 45, Issue 4: 473-491 (w/ Alexandra Délano Alonso).

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 (w/ Marko Žilović).

2017. “Methodological Challenges in the Study of Stateless Nationalist Territorial Claims,” Territory, Politics, Governance, Volume 5, Issue 2: 145- 157 (w/ Nadav Shelef).

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

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. “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 (w/ 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.

2014. “Interstate Relations, Perceptions, And Power Balance: Explaining China’s Policies Toward Ethnic Groups, 1949-1965,” Security Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 1, 148-181 (w/ Enze Han).

2012. “The Promethean Dilemma: Third-Party State-building in Occupied Territories,”Ethnopolitics, Issue 1, March, pp. 85-93 (w/ Keith Darden).

2012. “The Promethean Dilemma Revisited: A Response to Bardos, Christia, Gortzak &Siroky and Jenne,” Ethnopolitics, Issue 1, March, pp. 109-112 (w/ Keith Darden).

2008. “When do Votes Count? Regime Type, Electoral Conduct, and Political Competition in Africa,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 41, No. 11, 1466-1491 (w/ Nasos Roussias).

Stata file  and Codebook

Book Chapters

2020. “Nation-building.” Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press. 

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

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 Era, Springer, 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 Analysis, Volume II. Oxford University Press, pp. 223-242 (with Kendrick Kuo).

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, pp. 175-193.

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, pp. 77-88.

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, pp. 83-116.

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) [In Greek], pp. 353-396.

European Journal of Political Research

2021. “Greece: Political developments and data for 2020,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 60, Issue 1: 159-166..

2020. “Greece: Political developments and data for 2019,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 59, Issue 1: 161-174.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 52, Issue 1: 87–95.

2012. “Greece,” European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook, Volume 51, Issue 1: 122-128 (with George Th. Mavrogordatos).

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

Policy Memos

2019. “The Geopolitics of De Facto States,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo 577.

2015. “De Facto States Unbound,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo 374 (with Ariel Ahram).

2013. “The Challenges of Nation-Building in the Syrian Arab Republic,” in The Political Science of Syria’s War, POMEPS Briefing #22 (December 18), pp. 57-59.

2013. “The Politics of Diaspora Management in the Republic of Korea,” The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Issue Brief No. 81, pp. 1-12.

2013. “Whither Nation-Building?e-International Relations.

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.

2010. “New Trends in the Data on Religion and Democracy” in Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Religion, Democracy, and the Foreign Policy of the Obama Administration (November 3, 2009). Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, pp. 11-17.

Invited Publications

2020. “The Determinants of Successful Nation-building: Macrosociological Political Modernization and Political Alliance Structures,” Nationalities Papers, 49.

(2020) “APSA Presidential Task Force Report on New Partnerships,” PS: Political Science & Politics. Cambridge University Press, 53(4), pp. 847–849 (w/ Smith, R., Rasmussen, A. C., Galston, W., Han, H., King-Meadows, T., Kirkpatrick, J., Levine, P., Lieberman, R., Rigger, S., Sinclair-Chapman, V., Shay, C., Van Vechten, R. and Grigg, A.)

2019. “Human Agency, System Polarity, Regional Integration, and Nested Security,” Nationalities Papers, 47(4): 690-692.

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

2016. “Never Alone/Find the Way” in James Faubion, Eugenia Georges and Gonda Van Steen (eds.). Greece is Burning. Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website (April 21).

2015. “From ‘Divide and Rule’ to Nation-Building,” Newsletter of the European Politics & Society Section of the American Political Science Association, (Summer): 17-19.

2013. “Revisiting the Link: Politicizing Religion in Democratizing Countries,” Harvard International Review, Vol. 34, Issue 4 (Spring), pp. 48-52.

2003. “The Comparative Method & the Study of Civil Wars,” Science and Society, Issue 11: 1-35.[In Greek].

Book Reviews

2020. Review of Alexandra Délano Alonso’s From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration, and Social Rights Beyond Borders. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. In Migration Studies.

2020. Review Symposium on Alan Gamlen’s Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants, and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions, Oxford University Press, 2019. In EUI’s Global Citizenship Observatory series.

2018. Review of Zeynep Bulutgil’s The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2016. In Nationalities Papers.

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 TheAmerican 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.

2015. Review of Adria Lawrence. 2013. Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press. In H-Diplo and the International Security Studies Forum Roundtable, Volume VII, No. 18.

2015. Review of Dan Lainer-Vos. 2013. Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist bonds in the United States. Cambridge: Polity Press. In Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 21, Issue 2: 264-266.

2012. Review of Carole McGranahan. 2010.  Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. In Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Spring): 154-156.

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]


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

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