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About J.M. Berger

J.M. Berger is a writer and researcher focused on extremism as a Senior Research Fellow for the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. His research encompasses extremist and terrorist ideologies and propaganda, including social media and semantic analytical techniques. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books, including Extremism (2018) and Optimal (2020). 

Berger's most recent nonfiction book, Extremism (MIT Press, August 2018), was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2019 and has been reviewed as "meticulous," "an excellent primer," "exceptional" and "elegantly written." 

His debut novel, Optimal (2020), is a dystopian tale about a world run by algorithms and social media. Reviewers have praised it as "gripping," "absorbing" and "great storytelling." A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, Berger is currently working on his second novel, a fantasy epic grounded in his research on extremism. 

Other J.M. Berger joints


Extremism, social media, disinfo, technology, dystopia.


J.M. Berger is a Senior Research Fellow for the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury, and the author of four books. Latest: OPTIMAL https://t.co/FYs1Oz4iT5 #ad EXTREMISM https://t.co/OOcHLkeL3E