- Assistant Professor
Dr. Robert VandenBerg served on active duty in the United States Air Force before completing his doctorate in sociology at the Ohio State University. As a specialist in the study of terrorism and related forms of political violence, he enjoys teaching courses that deal with themes related to crime, world conflict, and/or national security, as well as helping students become scholars in their own right through CJ/SO 209 – Social Science Research Methods.
Dr. Robert VandenBerg’s professional experience encompasses both the armed forces and academia, having served on active duty in the United States Air Force before completing his doctorate in sociology at the Ohio State University. As a member of the faculty at Norwich University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice from 2020 to 2023, Dr. VandenBerg pioneered NU’s new minor in Intelligence & Crime Analysis as well as frequently teaching courses in criminology and social science research methods. Dr. VandenBerg’s research focuses on terrorism, information warfare, the intelligence profession, and sociology of religion, and his work has appeared in the past in the International Journal of Sociology, the Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism, Terrorism & Political Violence, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts & Change, and the Journal of Peace & War Studies. He is currently lead author on a paper examining the correlation between extremist propaganda and subsequent terrorist attacks.
Although an American by birth, Dr. VandenBerg grew up abroad and is fluent in Norwegian and German, and also enjoys dabbling in other foreign languages as the opportunity arises.