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Olcott, Anthony

Visiting Assistant Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S302
East Lansing, MI 48825


Sadly, Anthony Olcott passed away mid June, 2018.  His memorial page is being set up.

Anthony Olcott retired from the government in January 2013, where he was a Senior Associate in the Emerging Trends program of the Center for the Study of Intelligence. Before that he had been Officer in Residence at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for two years, and spent the decade before that in the Open Source Center (which prior to 2006 was the Foreign Broadcast Information Service—FBIS).  While at FBIS/OSC Olcott served in a number of capacities, including Director of Analytic Assessment and Academic Outreach, Senior Analyst for New Media, and Expert Analyst.  From 1984 until 2000, when he joined the government, Olcott taught at Colgate University, where he was an Associate Professor in the Russian Department.  An author, editor, and translator, Olcott has published on a wide array of subjects.  Two of his novels were nominated for prizes, and his study of Russian crime fiction, Russian Pulp, received a professional prize as Best Book of Literary or Cultural Studies in 2003.  His most recent book is Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World (2011). Olcott was educated, from BA through PhD, at Stanford University.