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Eftychia Mylona


Dr. E. Mylona Ph.D.
+31 70 800 9962

Eftychia Mylona is a Lecturer (Docent 3) in the Bachelor program of International Studies (BAIS) at Leiden University.

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Fields of interest

My research and teaching interests include the contemporary history of Egypt and Greece, the political economy of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Middle East diasporas, and how diasporic communities explore and negotiate their presence, identity and feelings of belonging, in mind and practice. 


My research examines the continued, yet hitherto overlooked, engagement of the Greek community in Egypt from the period after the en masse departure of most of its members (1962), until the implementation of the infitah (open door) policies in 1976 by Anwar Sadat. It explores the Greeks’ multiple personal, local, and institutional histories that make up the Greek presence in history after 1962. It reveals the diversity of Greek experiences based on geographical, socioeconomic, and individual context. It analyzes the motivations and strategies they employed to respond to the economic and social changes in Egyptian society, such as the end of the Capitulations (1937), WWI and WWII, the formation of the post-colonial state, and the 1961 Nationalization laws, among others, and the relations these events formed between Egyptian nationals and non-nationals and the Egyptian state. It also explores how Greeks negotiated their presence, identity, and feelings of belonging, in mind and practice, as a diaspora with a transnational agency.

Grants and awards

Leiden University Global Interactions Thesis Writing Research Grant (2019)
Oosters Institut, Conference Grant (2019)
Leiden Institute Area Studies (LIAS), Conference Grant (2019)
Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), Conference Grant (2019)
Oosters Institut, Conference Grant (2017)
Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), Conference Grant (2017)
Juynboll Foundation, Thesis Proposal Research Grant (2014)
Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarship for Arabic Studies at Qalam wa Lahw Center, Morocco (2012)
Leiden University Fund (LUF), MA Thesis Fieldwork Research (2012)
Annual Scholarship Tanta University, Advanced Arabic Language Studies, Tanta, Egypt (2009)

Curriculum vitae

PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University (2022)
MA in Arabic Language and Culture, Leiden University (2012) 
Full Academic Year Advanced Arabic Language Course, Tanta University Public Service Center for Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL), Egypt (2010) 
BA in History and Archeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, (2008) 

History of the Modern Middle East (BA1)
Political Economy of the Modern Middle East (BA2)
Diasporas and Minorities in the Middle East (BA3)
Global Political Economy (BA1)
Cultural Studies (BA1)
Philosophy of Science (BA2)
Academic Reading and Writing (BA1)
Practicing International Studies (BA3)


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculteitsbureau
  • International Studies

Work address

Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague
Room number B1.10



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