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Professor Charles Strozier and Research Associate Kelly Berkell Publish Work on Climate Change and Political Upheaval in The Huffington Post

Professor Charles B. Strozier’s recent research on climate change and political violence have garnered media attention. On September 29, along with graduate student, Kelly A. Berkell, he published The Huffington Post piece "How Climate Change Helped ISIS" which went viral, received 2,500 likes, and aroused great passion on both sides of the issues. On October 20, also with Berkell and colleague William Blakemore of ABC News, Strozier had another piece featured on The Huffington Post titled "Climate Change and the Nuclear Subcontinent."

Strozier is director of John Jay’s Center on Terrorism and professor of history at John Jay and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst and training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Research in Intersubjective Self Psychology Foundation (TRISP) in New York. His forthcoming book from Columbia University Press is Young Man Lincoln: Joshua Speed and the Crucible of Greatness. Much of his work has focused on apocalyptic violence and related issues of terrorism, including his book, Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City (Columbia University Press, August, 2011). He is also the author of Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (Beacon, 1994, newly issued 2002); The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Essays on Religion, Violence, and History (Oxford, 2010) with Terman, Jones and Boyd; and co-editor (with Michael Flynn) of Genocide, War, and Human Survival (1996); among many other works.

Berkell is an attorney and a research associate at the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A graduate of NYU School of Law and Barnard College, Kelly practiced securities and corporate litigation in Manhattan and Boston before moving into the public sector. In regional politics, Kelly has worked as Legislative Aide to a New York State Assembly Member, and Policy Director to a candidate for Westchester County Executive. She has served on the boards of various not-for-profit and community organizations.

Blakemore is a veteran foreign and domestic correspondent. He covered a dozen major conflicts for ABC News in the Mideast and the Subcontinent. He has won many major broadcast journalism awards, and now freelance, he also lectures on the journalistic profession, "The Many Psychologies of Global Warming," and the cinematic art of Stanley Kubrick.