In the News: Ukraine, impeachment, trade, Christia...

In the News: Ukraine, impeachment, trade, Christianity, Saudi art, newspapers and more

MTSU faculty recently shared their expertise on a variety of topics with news media outlets. The issues included impeachment, transgender rights, tariffs, contemporary art in Saudi Arabia, among others.

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, wrote an editorial on why America needs newspapers that was published in the Sept. 19 edition of the Tennessee Tribune. His opinion is available here.

• Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a professor of political science and international affairs, discussed a variety of political topics on the Sept. 25 edition of MorningLine on NewsChannel5+. The video can be viewed here.

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

Dr. Daniel Smith

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes

• Dr. Daniel Smith, an associate professor of economics and finance, assessed the possible impact of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on the national economy for a Sept. 26 article at His comments are available here.

• Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, a professor of history and director of the Albert Gore Research Center, commented on the illnesses allegedly caused by the use of Juul vaping pods for a Sept. 26 podcast at The audio can be heard here.

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

Dr. Marisa Richmond

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

Dr. Steven Livingston

• Dr. Marisa Richmond, an adjunct professor of history, was one of numerous transgender and nonbinary activists to sign an open letter to the Human Rights Campaign protesting its new so-called “transcentered” framework. The letter, which was published Oct. 1 by, can be read here.

• Dr. Steven Livingston, associate director of the Business and Economic Research Center, commented on the “Tennessee International Trade Report” for the second quarter of 2019 for an Oct. 2 story on WMOT-FM. The transcript can be read here.

Livingston also commented on the exemption of the Mobile, Alabama, Airbus plant from tariffs for an Oct. 3 article at The story is available here.

Dr. Wendy Beckman

Dr. Wendy Beckman

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

• Dr. Wendy Beckman, chair of the Department of Aerospace, hailed the choice of L3 Harris Technologies to supply the department with two flight training devices and one virtual flight deck for an Oct. 3 article at The story can be accessed here.

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international affairs, said impeaching President Trump will be a “heavy lift” for Democrats in Congress in an Oct. 3 story on WMOT-FM. His comments are available here.

Dr. Rebekka King, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Rebekka King

Dr. Sean Foley, an associate professor of history

Dr. Sean Foley

• Dr. Rebekka King, an associate professor of religious studies, explained the difference between progressive Christianity and fundamental Christianity for an Oct. 4 article in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. Her views can be accessed here.

• Dr. Sean Foley, a professor of history, discussed the contemporary art movement in Saudi Arabia for an Oct. 7 article in The Daily Times of Pakistan. The story can be read 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