Dr. Arla Bernstein

Associate Professor of Liberal Studies
Program Coordinator, B.A. in Communication
Department of Liberal Studies


  • B.A., Florida Atlantic University
  • M.A., Florida Atlantic University
  • Ph.D., University of Florida

Dr. Arla Bernstein holds degrees in mass communication, geography/urban and environmental planning and geography/urban and economic planning. She has been recognized as a Service Learning Faculty Fellow: Senior Associate Award by the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning. She received the International Public Relations Research Conference Top Paper Award for her paper on ethnic differences in participative public relations in community planning.

Areas of specialization

  • Political communication
  • Public engagement
  • Urban studies

Research and professional interests

Dr. Bernstein’s research and presentations include the exploration of civic-minded scholarship in communication courses, service learning in communication courses, and gender in political engagement and political credibility. Teaching and research interests also include critical thinking, community narratives, and strategic communication.

Recent publications

Her research appears as book chapters and as articles in journals including the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, Sex Roles, Women and Language, and Journal of Urban Affairs.

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