Born in Moscow, Andrey Korotayev attended Moscow State University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1984 and an M.A. in 1989. He earned a Ph.D. in 1993 from Manchester University, and in 1998 a Doctor of Sciences degree from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 2000, he has been and Senior Research Professor in the Oriental Institute and Institute for African Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as Professor and Director of the Anthropology of the East Center at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, In 2001-2003, he also directed the “Anthropology of the East” Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In 2003-2004, he was a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. He is co-editor of the journals Social Evolution & History and Journal of Globalization Studies, as well as History & Mathematics almanac (together with Leonid Grinin and Arno Tausch). Together with Askar Akayev and George Malinetsky he is a coordinator of the Russian Academy of Sciences Program “System Analysis and Mathematical Modeling of World Dynamics”. Korotayev is a laureate of the Russian Science Support Foundation in “The Best Economists of the Russian Academy of Sciences” nomination (2006). In 2012 he was awarded with the Gold Kondratieff Medal by the International N. D. Kondratieff Foundation.