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

Holiday Inflation

Willie BeltonWhen it comes to inflationary pressures stalking holiday shoppers, things are likely to get worse before they get better, predicts Willie Belton, an economist in Georgia Tech’s School of Economics, a unit of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

“There’s a lot of pent-up demand, and people are going to spend, or try to spend, for the holidays as they always have,” Belton predicts. “But this is going to exacerbate the shortages, and that’s going to further drive prices up. You’re going to hear a lot of hollering and screaming about prices until January, when prices will start to fall off a cliff as demand goes down and the supply chain starts to get squared away.”

Belton can discuss the causes of current inflation, the impact of the federal infrastructure plan in future inflation, and the role the Covid-19 pandemic could continue to play in pricing.

Russian Anti-Missile Test

Mariel Borowitz

A Russian anti-satellite missile test Monday that generated thousands of pieces of debris, posing a potential danger to satellites and even the international and Chinese space stations, highlights the urgent need for orbital “rules of the road," says Mariel Borowitz, an expert in space policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, a unit of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

“The fact that we have not developed norms for appropriate behavior in space means Russia can do what they just did, which is obviously bad for all actors,” said Borowitz.

Borowitz can address whether the incident could boost efforts to implement an international agreement on responsible behavior in space, the subject of a U.N. General Resolution earlier this year. She can also discuss Russia’s potential liability under the sole, poorly litigated treaty governing such incidents, should any damage occur.

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.