Joseph Fitsanakis - Coastal Carolina University
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Joseph Fitsanakis

Associate Professor, Politics

Jonathan Doe
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Brittain Hall 360

Spring 2020 Office Hours
Mondays 2:00pm - 6:45pm


Joseph Fitsanakis, Ph.D., specializes in intelligence and national security. He has taught and written extensively on intelligence policy and practice, intelligence collection, information security, communications interception, cyber espionage, and transnational criminal networks. His writings have been translated into several languages and referenced by media outlets such as the Washington Post, NPR, BBC, ABC and Newsweek. Before joining Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Fitsanakis built the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King University, where he also directed the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. Since coming to Coastal in 2015, he has received the University-wide Distinguished Professor of the Year Award (2018), the Edward College John B. Durrell Award (2017), and the Department of Politics Professor of the Year Award (2016, 2017). Dr. Fitsanakis is also deputy director of the European Intelligence Academy and senior editor at, an ACI-indexed scholarly blog that is cataloged through the United States Library of Congress.


Ph.D., The University of Edinburgh 
M.Sc., The University of Edinburgh
B.Soc.Sc., The University of Birmingham
GEC, Exeter College

Interesting Facts

Dr. Fitsanakis specializes in international espionage and studies the historical record and contemporary operations of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency in the United States. He has also written on the evolution and current status of Greek and North Korean intelligence agencies, among others. He is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the International Association for Intelligence Education.

Teaching Areas

Espionage, intelligence operations, intelligence tradecraft, intelligence collection, intelligence communication, intelligence in the Cold War, national security, intelligence analysis, intelligence methods, women in intelligence and national security

Research Areas

Intelligence collection, human intelligence, intelligence tradecraft, communications interception, information security, Greek intelligence agencies, North Korean intelligence agencies, National Security Agency, cyber espionage, national security policy, intelligence policy, terrorism, counter-terrorism, information operations, cyber security, privacy

Program Affiliations

Intelligence and National Security Studies