In the News: MTSU experts comment on police, vapin...

In the News: MTSU experts comment on police, vaping, Cherokees, elections, milk and more

National media outlets recently published the views of MTSU faculty experts on city redistricting, Tennessee exports, marketing vaping to minors, a pending media merger, the relationship between African-Americans and law enforcement officers, and the nutritional value of milk, among others.

Gloria Green, Professor, Recording Industry

Gloria Green

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Larry Burriss

Dr. Larry Burriss

Gloria Green, an assistant professor of recording industry, participated in a forum on women in the music industry July 17 at the SheRocksIt Panel & Mixer in Nashville. A video of the panel discussion can be seen here.

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international relations, analyzed the low early voting turnout for the Metro Nashville general election for WSMV-TV July 23. His comments are available here.

He also weighed in on the upcoming Nashville mayor runoff election in a column published Aug. 13 in The Tennessean. You can find his comments here.

• Dr. Larry Burriss, a professor of journalism, said in a July 23 interview with WMOT-FM that Cumulus Media was wrong to cite the Federal Communications Commission’s equal time provision as justification for refusing to air a disc jockey’s interview with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Burriss’ words can be read here.

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Steven Livingston, professor of political science & international relations and contributor to MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center

Dr. Steven Livingston

Dr. Mark Doyle, history professor

Dr. Mark Doyle

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international relations, commented on Nashville’s continuing controversies between police officers and the African-American community for an article in the July edition of The Atlantic magazine. His views can be accessed here.

Franklin also penned a guest editorial on a looming redistricting fight in the Metro Nashville City Council for the Aug. 2 edition of The Tennessean. His comments are available here.

• Dr. Steven Livingston, a professor of political science and international relations, explained how Tennessee exporters fared in the first quarter of 2019 in a July 26 article in the Nashville Ledger. His words can be read here.

• Dr. Mark Doyle, a professor of history, was interviewed by the History News Network. A transcript of the interview, which was posted July 28, is available here.

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes

Dr. Jennifer Woodward, journalism professor

Dr. Jennifer Woodward

• Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, director of the Albert Gore Research Center and an expert on the tobacco industry, said in an Aug. 2 report at that it shouldn’t be surprising that the Juul vaping business is marketing its product to children. His views are available here.

• Dr. Jennifer Woodard, an associate professor of journalism and strategic media, explained how she uses “Star Trek” to teach about race, class and gender in the media in an Aug. 3 article at Her words can be read here.

Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center, analyzed the pending merger between the GateHouse and Gannett media chains for an Aug. 7 story in Business Recorder and other media outlets. His comments can be accessed here.

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. Sandra Lynn Poirier, Human Sciences faculty

Dr. Sandra Poirier

• Dr. Sandra Poirier, a professor of nutrition and food science, recommends milk as one of 15 anti-aging foods to add to one’s diet in an Aug. 8 feature at Her views 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 615-898-5081 or via email at