Media Experts

Kent State University at Stark experts are available to give your story credibility with knowledgeable quotes and comments in their fields of study. 

Interviews can be scheduled with Kent State Stark experts by contacting:

Melissa Seeton
Public Relations & Media Communications Coordinator
154B Conference Center
mseeton [at]

Stark Media Experts & Areas of Expertise

Joel Carbonell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Latin American Politics
  • International Political Economy/Development
  • International Relations

Lucas Engelhardt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Cycles
  • Economic Policy

Kim Finer, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Infectious Diseases, including H1N1, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Smallpox
  • Vaccines and Vaccine Development

Lee Fox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Group Behavior/Dynamics
  • Abortion Activism
  • Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • Leadership

Robert Hamilton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Urban Ecology
  • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
  • Pitcher Plants
  • Wetlands
  • Watersheds

Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

  • Negro Baseball League
  • Women in Sports
  • African-American Sporting Pioneers

Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

  • Privacy Concerns on the Internet
  • Social Media (Facebook, blogging)
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Facilitating Relationships through Online Communication

Deborah Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Persuasion and Influence in Advertising

Ralph Menning, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

  • Germany
  • International Relations
  • Middle East Peace Negotiations

Deepraj Mukherjee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

  • Macroeconomics
  • Global Economic Issues
  • Emerging Country Economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)

Chris Paveloi, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Career Services

  • Matching Students' Majors with the Right Occupations
  • How to Prepare for Employment after College
  • Current Employment Trends for Northeastern Ohio

Alicia Pieper, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies

  • Family Issues and Relationships

Christopher Post, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography

  • Demography
  • Regional Issues (U.S. and Canada)
  • Culture and Landscape
  • Monuments and Memorialization

Emily Ribnik, M.Ed.

Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor

  • Law Enforcement Mental Health Training
  • Crisis Response and Management
  • Verbal De-escalation
  • College Student Mental Health Counseling
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention
  • Law Enforcement/First Responder Trauma

Carrie Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Professor of Geology

  • Evolution and Extinction
  • Biogeography
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleontology
  • Crabs, Mudge and Ghost Shrimp Fossils

Mary Southards, M.A.

Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management

  • How to Prepare for College
  • Regional Issues in Higher Education

Scott Tobias, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies

  • Video Games
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Families and Society
  • Family Life Education
  • Family Policy

Lisa Waite, M.A.

Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies

  • Communication Practices in the Workplace
  • Stage Fright and Performance Phobias
  • Counterculture Communication