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«D. Dustin Berna, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Political Science and Conflict Resolution Nova Southeastern University College of Arts, Humanities, and ...»

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D. Dustin Berna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Conflict Resolution

Nova Southeastern University

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

954-262-3024 (office)

Dustin.Berna@nova.edu

Dustinberna@gmail.com

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Conflict Resolution Studies

Nova Southeastern University

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of Conflict Resolution Studies July 2009-Present Visiting Assistant Professor Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Northern Illinois University Department of Political Science July 2008-July 2009 Visiting Instructor Visiting Instructor of International Relations and Political Science Niagara University Department of Political Science August 2007-July 2008 Instructor Instructor of International Relations and Political Science Tulane University Department of Political Science August 2006-August 2007 Instructor Instructor of Political Science University of New Orleans Department of Political Science August 2002- August 2007 1|Page Education University of New Orleans Ph.D. in Political Science May 2008 Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations, and American Institutions Committee: Chair: Marc Rosenblum, Ph.D.; Members: Michael Huelshoff, Ph.D.; Charles Hadley, Ph.D.; Christine Day, Ph.D.; and David Lektzian, Ph.D.

Dissertation: A Revolutionary Perspective on Social Movements: Fundamentalism in the Islamic World.

In the last twenty years we have seen a significant surge in the number of Islamic fundamentalist movements. Some of these movements turn to terrorism, while others seek votes, and still others do both. I developed a model that helps explain the causes of Islamic fundamentalism.

Furthermore, I developed a data set that contains every Islamic fundamentalist movement found throughout the Islamic world during the last thirty-seven years, the states in which they operated, and states which funded them. I also collected the socioeconomic and sociopolitical data for every predominantly Islamic state during the last thirty-seven years. With these data, I was able to determine the causes of Islamic fundamentalism and what phenomena need to be present within the nation-sate to facilitate the number of Islamic fundamentalist movements. The results of my dissertation indicated that my fundamentalist model has significant validity. To solidify my large-N results, I developed three in-depth case studies: Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

University of New Orleans (2000 Lakeview Ave, New Orleans, LA 70148) M.A. in Political Science, 2004 Canisius College (200l Main Street, Buffalo NY 14208) Post-Graduate Research Iranian Politics January 2000- January 2001 Canisius College (200l Main Street, Buffalo NY 14208) M.S. in History Education, 2000 Niagara University (Niagara University, NY 14109) B.A. in Political Science, 1998 B.A. in English Literature, 1998

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Teaching Interests: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Middle Eastern Conflict, Islamic Politics, Islam Peace and Conflict, Political Violence, Islamic Fundamentalism, Terrorism, the Iraq War, International Conflict, Social Movements, American 2|Page Government, Public Policy, American Institutions, Research Methods, Quantitative Research, U.S. Foreign Policy, National Security, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, International Negotiation, and Teaching and Training Research Interests: Islamic Fundamentalism, Middle Eastern politics, Islam, Religious Extremism, Terrorism, Suicide Terrorism, Anti-System Extremism, Political Institutions, Social Movements, Islamic Politics, International Conflict, Iranian nuclear ambitions, U.S. Foreign policy, National Security, and Conflict Analysis and Resolution Courses Taught at Nova Southeastern University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution Assistant Professor (2009-Present)

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Guest Lectures:

July 2010 Advanced Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University:

The Ayatollah Khomeini and his Theoretical Views on Islamic Democracy and Government

March 2010 Quantitative Methods I at Nova Southeastern University:

Advanced Time Series Regressions and Research

Fall 2008 International Relations Theory graduate course at Northern Illinois University:

The Importance of Constructivism in the Post-9/11 World

Fall 2007 Congressional Politics at Niagara University:

Southern Politics and Congress

Spring 2007 U.S. Foreign Policy at Tulane University:

The Consequences of the Bush Doctrine

Spring/Fall 2004 Research Methods at the University of New Orleans:

The Significance and Types of Qualitative Research

Invited Talks:

Fall 2015: Coconut Creek Culture Series Topic: ISIS Fall 2015: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Sex Slavery, Rape, and Sexuality in the Islamic World Fall 2015: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Russia and ISIS Summer 2015: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Iranian Nuclear Deal – Is It Good for America?





Summer 2015: Nova Southeastern University's Huizenga School of Business Strategic Forum Topic: Understanding ISIS Summer 2015: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Russian Aggression and American Hesitation Winter 2015: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: American Security after the fall of Yemen

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Fall 2014: Temple Beth El synagogue Topic: ISIS Fall 2014: Nova Southeastern University's Huizenga School of Business Strategic Forum Topic: Islamic Fundamentalism - An Overview Fall 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: ISIS and Iranian Relations Fall 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: International Security Fall 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Understanding ISIS Summer 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: The Third Intifada Summer 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: War: Russia and the Ukraine Winter 2014: Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board Topic: Our Current Congressional Situation of Deadlock Winter 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Lebanese Elections and Hezbollah’s Future Winter 2014: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Contemporary Issues in International Relations Fall 2013: Nova Southeastern University Diversity Dialog Topic: Gay Rights and American Politics Fall 2013: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: The Iranian Election Fall 2013: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s fall from Power

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Winter 2013: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: International Negotiation and the Nixon Presidency Fall 2012: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Iran and Israel: The Next Middle East War Fall 2012: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: Predicting the American 2012 Elections Fall 2012: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: American Poverty and its Impact on the 2012 American Presidential Election Summer 2012: Nova Southeastern University Topic: American Political Polarization and the 2012 Presidential Election Summer 2112: Nova Southeastern University Topic: Southern Politics and the 2012 Presidential Election Winter 2112: Nova Southeastern University Topic: American Imperialism in Latin America Fall 2011: Nova Southeastern University Peace Education Working Group Panel discussion: How Should Peace and Conflict Professionals Respond the These Revolutionary Times?

Fall 2011: Nova Southeastern University Topic: Hezbollah and Lebanese Political Institutions and the Political Process Fall 2011: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: The Negative Effects of American Political Polarization Fall 2011: Jewish Educational/Community Center of Davie, Florida Topic: The Causes of Islamic Fundamentalism Fall 2011: Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Topic: American Hegemony and the Rise of China Summer 2011: Nova Southeastern University Topic: Islamic Fundamentalism and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Winter 2011: Visiting Scholar for the Laramie Project Topic: The Hypocrisy in Religious Texts and Homosexuality Winter 2011: Nova Southeastern University Topic: The Iranian Constitution and the Islamic State’s Political Institutions Fall 2010: Nova Southeastern University Genocide Awareness Conference.

Topic: Homosexual Genocide

Fall 2009: Nova Southeastern University Darfur Calling: Conflict, Challenges, and Solutions. Topic:

Not all Sudanese Muslims are the same: Institutionalized Genocide Committed by Arab Muslims against the African Muslim Population Spring 2008: University of St. Bonaventure Topic: Surviving Hurricane Katrina and the Political Ramifications of the Storm Spring 2007: University of New Orleans Sponsored Talks Topic: A Comparison of the United States and Iran’s Foreign Policy toward Iraq Spring 2007: Tulane University Sponsored Talks Topic: Israelis and Palestinians: The Current Intifada Fall 2006: University of New Orleans Sponsored Talks Topic: Hezbollah: a Political Party or a Terrorist Group Fall 2006: University of New Orleans Sponsored Talks Topic: The Iraq War, Causes and Consequence Fall 2006: Tulane University Sponsored Talks Topic: Hezbollah and Hamas: Why are they Having Electoral Success?

Media Appearances/Interviews November 16, 2015 Interview with CBS Channel 4 concerning ISIS and the suicide terrorist attacks in France November 16, 2015 Interview with FOX Channel 7 concerning ISIS and the suicide terrorist attacks in France

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April 5, 2015 Interview with WPBT2, the PBS affiliate in South Florida, on the television show Issues concerning the role religion plays in politics January 15, 2015 Interview with CBS Channel 4 concerning American vulnerability with the growing threat of ISIS January 5, 2015 Interview with Nova- Southeastern University's Horizons Alum Magazine as the faculty voice on ISIS November 17, 2014. Media profile was created concerning my expertise on ISIS was created and sent to the public: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/626291/ November 13, 2014 Interviewed for Nova News, titled: “A Few Good Minutes with Dustin Berna on ISIS & the Middle East” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0J5FfAzzs4&list=UUVnytDIs1RbYuAwXYvk-UTw August 29, 2014: Interviewed by documentary film maker Robert Adanto for his documentary The Sun Weekly Review concerning the anniversary of September 11, 2001 and the rise of radical Islam August 27, 2014: Interview with NBC Channel 6 concerning the growing threat of ISIS August 26, 2014: Interview with CBS Channel concerning the growing threat of ISIS February 25, 2014: Interview with WIOD Radio concerning the removal of American troops from Afghanistan September 6, 2013: Interview with the Palm Beach Post on the topic of American military involvement in the Syrian Civil War September 4, 2013: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on American involvement in the Syrian Civil War September 3, 2013: Interview with CBS Channel 4 on American military involvement in the Syrian Civil War September 2, 2013: Interview with CBS Channel 4 on the Syrian Civil War April 21, 2013: Interview with CBS Channel 4 on the Boston City bombers

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September 13, 2012: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the Benghazi terrorist attacks September 12, 2012: Interview with CBS Channel 4 on the Benghazi terrorist attacks December 21, 2011: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the death of Kim Jong Il and the possible international ramifications June 27, 2011: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on Hugo Chavez and the impact of his health on the Venezuelan presidential elections June 23, 2011: Interview with Broward Bulldog on the topic of police-profiling of Muslim Americas May 16, 2011: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the arrest of Miami Muslims and their suspected connection and money transfers to the Pakistani Taliban May 15, 2011: Interview with ABC Channel 10 on the arrest of Miami Muslims and their suspected connection and money transfers to the Pakistani Taliban May 6, 2011: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the death of Osama bin Laden May 2, 2011: Interview with ABC Channel 7 on the death of Osama bin Laden February 11, 2011: Interview with the Sun Sentinel on the topic of the Egyptian Revolution February 10, 2011: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the topic of the Egyptian Revolution and the fall of President Mubarak February 3, 2011: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the topic of political violence in Egypt and the impact on the United States February 2, 2011: Interview with CBS Channel 4 on the topic of political violence in Egypt and the impact on the United States May 12, 2010: Interview with NBC Channel 6 on the topic of Pakistani terrorists in Chile

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Berna, Dustin. 2015/2016 Ignorance, ISIS, and Indoctrination: The World of Islamic Fundamentalism. Under review at Duke University Press.

12 | P a g e Over the last thirty years Islamic fundamentalism has become a permanent and unwanted fixture in our lives. It is imperative that we understand what is facilitating and fueling its continued success, be it through electoral politics or through force. There is no consensus as to what has caused the rise of Islamic fundamentalism or an explanation as to why some fundamentalist movements are successful and manage to acquire significant state power while others do not. There is no explanation as to why some Islamic fundamentalist movements obtain their power through democratic means and others through force. My book provides a systematic explanation to these questions while furthering the national discussion and debate we must have.



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