In the News: Vaccine hesitancy, voting rights, yie...

In the News: Vaccine hesitancy, voting rights, yield farming, porch piracy, veterans’ housing and more

In recent weeks, MTSU faculty have made themselves available to news media sources for interviews on a wide range of topics, including self-talk, the African Methodist Episcopal church, reluctance to get vaccinated, dating and stealing delivered packages, among others.

• Dr. Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration, was interviewed for a report about porch piracy that aired Nov. 24 on KCBS Radio in Los Angeles, California. The audio can be accessed here.

Dr. Benjamin Stickle, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration

Dr. Ben Stickle

Stickle explained how people can guard against porch piracy during the holiday season in a Nov. 29 story in The Herald-Sun of Raleigh, North Carolina, and several other newspapers. His suggestions are available here.

Stickle discussed porch piracy and preventative measures in an interview that aired Dec. 2 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The video can be seen here.

Stickle talked about porch piracy on “The Donlon Report” on NewsNation Now Dec. 2. The video can be accessed here.

Dr. Hilary Miller, director, Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

Dr. Hilary Miller

Dr. William Robertson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Basic and Applied Sciences

Dr. William Robertson

• Dr. Hilary Miller, director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, commented on a large myth surrounding military veterans’ housing in a Nov. 26 article at Her views are available here.

• Dr. William Robertson, a professor of physics and astronomy, speculated on what might happen if the speed of sound was as fast as the speed of light in a Nov. 28 article at His 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. Xiaowei Shi

• Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute and a professor of economics, explained how yield farming works in a Nov. 29 article by Cointelegraph of Brazil. The English language translation can be read here.

• Dr. Xiaowei Shi, an associate professor of communication studies, answered questions about the impact of technology, the economy and the pandemic on dating for a Nov. 29 article at The article can be accessed here.

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Katie Foss, associate professor of media studies in MTSU's School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Dr. Katie Foss

• Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, university president, analyzed the impact of the African Methodist Episcopal church on his life in a Nov. 30 story in The Christian Recorder. His remarks are available here.

• Dr. Katie Foss, a professor of media studies, said vaccine hesitancy can result from poor communication in a Dec. 2 report by Her views can be read here.

Dr. Tom Brinthaupt, MTSU psychology professor

Dr. Tom Brinthaupt

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

• Dr. Thomas Brinthaupt, a professor of psychology, said self-talk can have both positive and negative effects in a Dec. 2 story at The English-language translation can be accessed here.

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, a professor of political science and international relations, said Fayette County, Tennessee, has a long history of voting rights disputes in a Dec. 2 article by Tennessee Lookout. His remarks are 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

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