Isabela Bernardo is a Senior Research Analyst for the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism. Isabela has previously worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for CTEC’s online extremism project, which furthered her interest in exploring the multifaceted nature of online extremist content, particularly on social media platforms. Additional research interests include accelerationism, far-right conspiratorial narratives, and the evolution of online extremist propaganda, recruitment, and mobilization. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.


Barbarossa, Erica, and Isabela Bernardo. “Cranking out Violence: Conspiracies Are Driving More Politically-Motivated Attacks.” Global Network on Extremism and Terrorism, 23 Nov. 2022,

Kriner, Matthew, Erica Barbarossa, and Isabela Bernardo. “The Buffalo Terrorist Attack: Situating Lone Actor Violence into the Militant Accelerationism Landscape.” Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, 26 July 2022.