Faculty Experts for News Media

Welcome to the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts faculty experts page, a resource for reporters and producers seeking eminent scholars and researchers for comment on the global impact of science and technology. Areas of expertise include national security, public policy, economics, digital media, science fiction, the history of technology, and many other topics.

Situated within one of the world’s preeminent technological universities, our nearly 150 faculty define and shape the discourse on technology and society, and they have a lot to say about the world around us and what it means to be human in the global technological age.

To begin your inquiry, use our search tool below, or check out our "Expertise for What's Making News" section for faculty members focusing on topics currently making headlines.

Name Areas of Expertise
Philip Auslander
  • Contemporary Visual Art
  • Film Acting and Production
  • Music and Culture
  • Popular Music, Especially Rock and Glam Rock
Mariel Borowitz
  • Commercial Space Activity
  • Earth Observation
  • Human Spaceflight
  • NASA and International Space Programs
  • Space Security
Marilyn Brown
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Policy
  • Smart Grid and Grid-Integrated Vehicles
Lindsey Bullinger
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Health Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Social Policy
Shatakshee Dhongde
  • Deprivation in Education, Health, and Housing
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic Impact Analysis of Public Infrastructure Projects
  • Inequality
  • Poverty
Danny Hughes
  • Access to Care
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Health Care Utilization
  • Medical Imaging
  • Physician Payments
Kaye Husbands Fealing
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Education and Workforce
  • Return on Investment in Scientific Research
  • Science and Technology Policy
Allen Hyde
  • Globalization
  • Immigrant Communities
  • Income Inequality
  • Residential Segregation
Dina Khapaeva
  • Death Studies
  • Russian and American Popular Culture
  • Russian Culture and Politics
Margaret E. Kosal
  • Emerging Technologies with Security Implications
  • Military Issues — force structure, modern warfare, institutional change
  • National Security and Foreign Policy
  • Terrorism — biological, chemical, and nuclear
  • Weapons — biological, chemical, and nuclear
John Krige
  • Export Controls
  • History of Technology and Science
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • Technology Transfer
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
Aaron D. Levine
  • Assisted Reproduction Ethics and Policy
  • Research Ethics
  • Stem Cell Research Ethics and Policy
  • STEM education
Mary G. McDonald
  • Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Sport
Susana M. Morris
  • African-American Literature
  • Afrofuturism
  • Contemporary Black Life
  • Race and Politics
Milton Mueller
  • Cybersecurity Public Policy
  • Domain Name and IP Address Policies
  • International Trade in Information Services
  • Internet Freedom
Janet Murray
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Interactive Narrative
  • Interactive Television
  • Narrative Video Games
Matthew E. Oliver
  • Energy Market Regulation
  • Natural Gas Markets
  • Renewable Energy Policy
Robert Rosenberger
  • Distracted Driving
  • Hostile Architecture
  • User Experience of Technology
Lawrence Rubin
  • Arab Foreign Policies
  • Islamic Movements
  • Israel/Palestinian conflict
  • Middle East
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • Terrorism
Eric Schatzberg
  • Critiques of Technology
  • History of Technology
  • Nature of Expertise
Jennifer Singh
  • Autism
  • Autism and Parental Activism
  • Autism Diagnoses
  • Autism Disparities
  • Social and Scientific Understanding of Autism
  • Social Impact of Genetic Research in Autism
Rachel Whitlark
  • Counterproliferation
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • Presidential Decision-Making
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
Joycelyn Wilson
Joycelyn Wilson
  • Hip Hop Studies and Educational Research
  • Digital Media and Design
  • Technology, race, and culture
  • Documentary film
  • Educational anthropology
  • Atlanta Studies
Lisa Yaszek
  • Popular Culture
  • Race and Gender in Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Teaching Science Fiction
Alasdair Young
  • European Union
  • Trade and Regulation
  • Transatlantic Relations

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Expertise on What's Making News Now

These Ivan Allen experts are among those who can comment on issues currently in the news:

Experts to Speak on New Space Force Uniforms

Lisa Yaszek and Ida Yoshinaga


The U.S. Space Force recently unveiled prototypes for its service dress uniform, sparking widespread comparisons to science fiction costumes, including those from Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek.

Two faculty experts from Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts can talk about the recent rollout of new Space Force uniforms and how science fiction design has influenced these costumes and our views of them.

Regents Professor Lisa Yaszek of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication says the uniforms want to signal the new service's unique status as a "military of a technoscientific present and technoscientific future" but fall short for a variety of reasons.

Ida Yoshinaga, an assistant professor in LMC, can speak to these same issues, as well, as production aspects of science fiction costume design.

Covid-19 Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Amit PrasadAmit Prasad is a sociologist in the School of History and Sociology who has studied Covid-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation and comes to the conclusion that efforts to stamp them out are doomed to fail. Instead, he argues government and public health leaders should carefully examine the social and cultural contexts that give rise to and help further such beliefs.