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In the News: Corporate welfare, Facebook, Progress...

In the News: Corporate welfare, Facebook, Progressive women, Ford, redistricting and more

Reporters sought insights from various MTSU faculty and staffers recently for stories on Facebook, COVID protocols, the supply chain crisis, Fort Negley, Conference USA and other subjects.


Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Zada Law, director of MTSU’s Geospatial Research Center

Zada Law

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international relations, said that proposed redistricting in Nashville deserves a closer look in an Oct. 18 report by Nashville Public Radio. His views can be accessed here.

Zada Law, director of the Geospatial Research Center, explained the purpose of an archaeological dig at Fort Negley in an Oct. 18 report by Nashville Public Radio. Her remarks can be read and heard here.


Dr. Mary A. Evins, professor of history, coordinator of the American Democracy Project, member of the University Honors College faculty

Dr. Mary A. Evins

Chris Massaro, MTSU director of athletics

Chris Massaro

• Dr. Mary Evins, research professor of history and coordinator of the American Democracy Project, kicked off a series of online lectures on Tennessee women in the Progressive Era sponsored by the Tennessee Historical Society with an overview of the series Oct. 18. The video, which was posted on YouTube Oct. 20, can be seen here.

Chris Massaro, athletic director, reacted to the news that six schools are likely to leave Conference USA for the American Athletic Conference in an Oct. 20 report in the Nashville Post. His comments are available here.


Dr. Crystal deGregory, research fellow, Center for Historic Preservation

Dr. Crystal deGregory

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

• Dr. Crystal deGregory, a research fellow at the Center for Historic Preservation, commented on the search for a new president for Kentucky State University in an Oct. 26 column in the State Journal of Frankfort, Kentucky. Her views can be accessed here.

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international relations, analyzed the political risk Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is taking with his stance on COVID-19 mandates in an Oct. 27 story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and other newspapers. The report, which was republished by Yahoo! News, can be read here.


Dr. Kimball Bullington

Dr. Matthew P Taylor, assistant professor in MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the College of Media and Entertainment

Dr. Matthew Taylor

• Dr. Kimball Bullington, a professor of management, explained why there is a crisis in the distribution of supplies in the United States in an Oct. 28 interview with WKRN-TV in Nashville. The video is available here.

• Dr. Matthew Taylor, an assistant professor of journalism and strategic media, examined the revelations by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and the impact on social media in an Oct. 29 story in The Christian Science Monitor. His remarks can be accessed here.


Professor John Merchant, chair, MTSU Department of Recording Industry, College of Media and Entertainment

John Merchant

Dan Pfeifer, professor, Department of Recording Industry

Dan Pfeifer

John Merchant, chair of the Department of Recording Industry, and Dan Pfeifer, a professor of recording industry and audio internship coordinator, explained the importance of the department’s new recording studios in an Oct. 29 article at www.mixonline.com. Their comments can be read here.

Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute; associate professor in Economics and Finance

Dr. Daniel Smith

• Dr. Daniel Smith, a professor of economics and director of the Political Economy Research Institute, wrote a column citing Ford Motor Co. as a beneficiary of corporate welfare. The editorial was published Nov. 1 in the Memphis Commercial Appeal and is available here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-631-8322 or via email at gina.logue@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)


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