Dustin Berna, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Nova Southeastern University's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS.) He is also the liaison of M.S. and Graduate Certificate Programs in NSU's Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (DCAR) and SHSS-Institutional Assessment.
Berna earned his doctorate from the University of New Orleans in 2008. His two major fields of study were Middle Eastern politics and international relations. American political institutions were third and minor field. His dissertation was a quantitative study that evaluated the causes and electoral success of Islamic fundamentalist movements. Berna has collected and coded every Islamic fundamentalist group that is, or has been, in operation in the Islamic world since 1970.
Berna's research specializations include Middle Eastern politics, Islamic fundamentalism, religious extremism, social movements, terrorism, and political institutions. He has taught classes on the Iraq War, Islamic politics, Middle Eastern politics, terrorism, political violence, international relations, U.S. foreign policy, the politics of developing states, revolutions, international negotiation and violence prevention. Berna has written numerous articles on topics that range from terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism to Iranian political institutions and Islamic democracy.
Along with his Ph.D., Berna has two Masters Degrees – an M.A. in political science and a M.S. in history education. Dr. Berna also has two baccalaureate degrees; a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in English literature.