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About Dr. Anatoly Isaenko

Educated in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Anatoly Isaenko has had a distinguished career researching and teaching topics pertaining to global history, ethnic conflict, world terrorism, as well as the ancient history of North Iranians (Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans) and their impact on world civilizations.

He acts as a leading expert and consultant on the Caucasus and Central Asia for Advanced Regional Analysis Course of the United States Army at the J.F.K. Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, N.C. Outside of this position, Isaenko is  also an expert for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Political Asylum cases.

Isaenko has taught at Appalachian State University since 1995. Prior to join the university, he was professor and chair of ancient and medieval history at North Ossetian State University, in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia-Alania, Russia. He is the author of 10 books and edited collections, including “Polygon of Satan: Ethnic Traumas and Conflicts in the Caucasus, Third Edition” (2014). He is among elite scholars published in Duke University Press’ journal titled The Hispanic American Historical Review for his comparative ethnographies of the Caucasus and Latin American Indians.

Areas of Expertise
Ethnic conflict
Russian history
U.S.-Russia relations
World terrorism
Ethnocentric nationalism
Global history


Present Professor, Appalachian State University Department of History
Present Professor, Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2003 - Present Tenured Fellow, The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the Univ
Member, American Association of Asian Studies
Member, Association of Third World Studies
Member, Canadian Society of Anthropologists (CASCA)
Member, International Editorial Council of the Journal of Eurasia and World
Honorary Member, International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide, Canada
Member, Phi Alpha Theta
Member, Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA)
Member, World Convention Nationalities
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Honors and Awards

  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who's Who Publications Board, 2017
  • UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award, 2007
  • Member of Academy of Outstanding Teachers in College of Arts and Sciences, Appalachian State University, 2004
  • Senior Research Fulbright Grant at Duke University, 1996


  • HIS 3155 Soviet Union and Russia
  • HIS 3156 History of World Terrorism
  • HIS 3158 Ethnic Conflicts: East versus West
  • HIS 1130 Themes in Global History
  • HIS 1110 History and Culture
  • HIS 1501 Revolution and Social Change in the World


1976 PhD, Moscow State University ‐ Global History
MA, North Ossetian State University
BA, North Ossetian State University

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