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Joseph Fitsanakis

Associate Professor, Politics

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Brittain Hall 360

Spring 2018 Hours: Monday 9:30-10:50am and 1:15-2:00; Tuesday 9:30-10:50am; Wednesday 9:30-10:50 and 2:00-4:30pm; Thursday 9:30-10:50am and 1:30-2:00pm; Friday 9:30-10:50 and 1:15-2:00pm  

Program Affiliations

Intelligence and National Security Studies


Ph.D., The University of Edinburgh 

M.Sc., The University of Edinburgh

B.Soc.Sc., The University of Birmingham

GEC, Exeter College


Joseph Fitsanakis, Ph.D. specializes in intelligence and national security with an emphasis on international espionage. 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 in media outlets such as the Washington Post, BBC, ABC, NPR, Newsweek, the Diplomat, Le Monde, and Wired. Before joining Coastal Carolina University, Fitsanakis built the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King University, where he also directed the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. At Coastal he teaches courses on national security, intelligence communications, intelligence analysis, intelligence operations, and espionage during the Cold War, among other subjects. 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.

Interesting Facts

Fitsanakis 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

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