NSU is home to a Subject Matter Expert Who Can Speak to Islamic Fundamentalism, Terrorism, ISIS and Middle Eastern Politics

Has Experience Working with Media (Print & Broadcast)

Newswise — FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is home to Dustin Berna, Ph.D., an expert in the areas of ISIS (ISIL) Middle Eastern politics, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. Dr. Berna is available to talk with reporters who are working stories related to the tragic incident that occurred in New York.

Dr. Berna has extensive experience working with the media – print and broadcast – in front of a camera or via telephone. If you are looking for an expert who can talk about ISIS, who they are, where they came from, what they want and how they are infiltrating the U.S. borders to influence domestic terrorism, Dr. Berna can help.

** Media interested in Dr. Berna as a Subject Matter Expert who can speak to the tragedy in NYC are urged to contact Julie Spechler, Director, NSU Public Relations at 954-262-5348 (o), 954-591-3361 (c) or via e-mail ([email protected]) to make interview arrangements.

Dr. Berna is an assistant professor of Conflict Resolution and Political Science at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He is also the director of Assessment and Planning for the college.

His 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.

Dr. Berna has written numerous articles on topics that range from terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism to Iranian political institutions and Islamic democracy. He has recently finished a book on ISIS, Ignorance, Isis, and Indoctrination: The World of Islamic Fundamentalism. His book is currently under review at Duke University Press and is expected to be published in 2016.

Dr. 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.


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