Phoenix Berman

Student NamePhoenix Berman
Faculty Mentor NameZachary Selden PhD
CollegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MajorInternational Studies (Europe)
MinorEast-Central European Studies, Mass Communication
Research InterestsCounter-terrorism, Immigration, East-Central European Politics, Hungary, Jihadism
Academic AwardsUniversity Scholars Program (2020)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship – U.S. Dept of Education (2020 – 2021)
CLAS Dean’s List (2019)
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship – U.S. Dept of State (2019)
UF CES John Monet Travel Award (2019)
UF International Center Study Abroad Scholarship (2019)
Bright Futures Academic Scholarship (2018 – Present)
Oaks Women’s Club Merit Scholarship (2018 – 2020)
Janet Sinder Trust Scholarship (2018 – 2020)

OrganizationsUF Hungarian Club, European Union Club
Hobbies and InterestsPainting, Film, Journalism, U.S.- Eurasian relations,

Research Project

Counterterrorism and Immigration in the Republic of Hungary?

The study seeks to understand Hungary’s regional and global security role and how counterterrorism activity is used by the government to legitimize other policy positions, particularly on immigration. This research seeks to understand the political durability of populist governments in Europe. Through securitization theory issues facing a state are posed as a “question of security” in order to allow a populist government to take full control in solving perceived security risks. Populist governments suspend democratic institutions seen as obstacles in resolving security issues which opens the door for authoritarian reforms.