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Middle Tennessee State University

@MTSU political analyst & strategist Kent Syler available to discuss 2020 election, Presidential Debates & ✅ the facts.

Kent Syler

Professor, Political Science and Public Policy

Syler is a strategist and analyst who specializes in campaign strategy, political analysis and commentary, political polling, gerrymandering, and political comedy.

He has been immensely involved in government and politics for over thirty years.  He managed former TN Congressman Bart Gordon’s first campaign for congress in 1984 and two subsequent re-election campaigns, and served as Gordon’s Tennessee Chief of Staff from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.

During his time at MTSU, Syler has received national attention for his work with archival political letters. Syler’s research demonstrated that many of the same issues dividing Americans today such as civil rights, immigration, health care policy, guns, and trade have been shaping political debate for over 50 years.

Areas of Focus

  • Archival Research on Political Letters​
  • Campaign Strategy, Media and Advertising
  • Gerrymandering
  • Political Analysis and Commentary on American Politics and Government
  • Political Comedy
  • Political Polling

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Newswise: UA Little Rock researchers investigate information campaigns designed to influence 2019 Canadian election
Released: 30-Oct-2020 5:25 PM EDT
UA Little Rock researchers investigate information campaigns designed to influence 2019 Canadian election
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A group of researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have published an article that examined the possible use of online media campaigns orchestrated to influence the 2019 Canadian federal election. The article, “The Role of YouTube during the 2019 Canadian Federal Election: A Multi-Method Analysis of Online Discourse and Information Actors,” was published in the Journal of Future Conflict in September.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
5 Big Questions on Health Care and COVID-19
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The coronavirus pandemic has once again thrust the unusual state of American health care into the spotlight. With a presidential election that could have a dramatic impact on the state of health care for millions on 3 November, Professor Vivian Riefberg considers the state of the industry.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available
Newswise

Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Newswise Live Event for Nov 2nd, 2PM EDT: the 2020 Presidential Elections
Newswise

Experts from institutions including George Washington University and Cornell University will participate in an expert panel covering a wide variety of topics on the U.S. Elections, with questions prepared by Newswise editors and submissions from media attendees.

Released: 29-Oct-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Facing up to the reality of politicians’ Instagram posts
University of Georgia

A University of Georgia researcher used computer vision to analyze thousands of images from over 100 Instagram accounts of United States politicians and discovered posts that showed politicians’ faces in nonpolitical settings increased audience engagement over traditional posts such as politicians in professional or political settings.

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Released: 29-Oct-2020 11:35 AM EDT
How Twitter takes votes away from Trump but not from Republicans
BOCCONI UNIVERSITY

A popular narrative holds that social media network Twitter influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections by helping Republican candidate Donald Trump spread partisan content and misinformation. In a recent interview with CBS News, Trump himself stated he "would not be here without social media."

Released: 29-Oct-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Rutgers Expert Explains QAnon
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The author of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture describes QAnon, why it’s well-known and why we should not treat this as a misinformation problem.


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