In the News: Price-fixing, Mexican corruption, gen...

In the News: Price-fixing, Mexican corruption, gender-neutral clothing, Donald Trump and more

MTSU faculty experts recently contributed their perspectives to national media outlets about numerous topics including earthquakes, housing, sexual assault, gender-neutral clothing, vaccinations, and price-fixing, among others.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

Dr. Mark Abolins

Dr. Mark Abolins

Dr. Marisa Richmond, MTSU history and Women's and Gender Studies program professor (photo by H.N. James)

Dr. Marisa Richmond

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president, hailed the work of Turner Construction Company on campus buildings in a June 10 article for Construction Dive.

Dr. Mark Abolins, a professor of geosciences, was interviewed for a June 11 WTVF-TV report about a spate of three earthquakes in Tennessee within a 24-hour period. The transcript and video are available here.

Dr. Marisa Richmond, an adjunct professor of history, criticized proposed federal rules changes that would deny transgender people access to homeless shelters and health care providers for a June 12 Nashville Scene story.

Dr. Stephen Morris, a professor of political science and international affairs, talked about the ongoing fight against corruption in Mexican politics on Episode 37 of the “Mexico Centered” podcast. The audio is available here.

Dr. Stephen Morris, political science

Dr. Stephen Morris

Dr. Murat Arik

Dr. Murat Arik

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. Murat Arik, an economics professor and director of the Business and Economic Research Center, commented on demand for multifamily housing in the Nashville market for a June 19 story in The Tennessean.

Ken Paulson, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment and director of the Free Speech Center, announced the start of the second season of “The Songwriters,” a series he hosts on Nashville Public Television, in a June 19 story at

Paulson also spoke to The Christian Science Monitor for a June 26 story about media coverage of E. Jean Carroll’s accusation that President Trump sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s. His analysis can be read here.

Dr. Roberta Chevrette, an assistant professor of communication studies, analyzed the effect of Atlanta’s first gender-neutral children’s clothing store for a June 20 article in Step Up Magazine.

Dr. Roberta Chevrette, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Communication

Dr. Roberta Chevrette

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Sanjay Asthana

Dr. Sanjay Asthana

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international affairs, offered his opinion on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed use of consultants in a June 22 Associated Press story.

Dr. Sanjay Asthana, a professor of journalism, talked about his new book, “India’s State-Run Media: Broadcasting, Power and Narrative,” June 21 at the University of Hyderabad in India. A video of his conversation is available here.

Dr. Robin Lee, psychology faculty, director of the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

Dr. Robin Lee

Dr. Elliot Altman

Dr. Elliot Altman

Dr. Robin Lee, coordinator of MTSU’s Professional Counseling Program and director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, discussed the need for more licensed professional counselors in Tennessee in a June 25 report on WTVF-TV in Nashville. Her opinions are available here.

Dr. Elliot Altman, a professor of biology and director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, was interviewed by WKRN-TV for a June 27 report on possible anti-inflammatory compounds derived from hemp. The video and transcript can be found here.

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

Dr. Katie Foss

Dr. Justin Gardner

Dr. Katie Foss, an associate professor of media studies, explained the impact of media attention to anti-vaccination activists on public attention to health care for a June 27 story in Step Up Magazine.

Dr. Justin Gardner, an associate professor of agribusiness, discussed price-fixing in the chicken industry for a June 27 article in Pacific Standard magazine.

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