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Emma Frances Bloomfield

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

Expertise: Science Communication, Religion and Politics, Religious and Scientific Controversies, Climate Change, Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design


Currently an assistant professor at UNLV, Emma Bloomfield focuses on rhetoric, politics, and publics with a minor focus in media communication and sociology. She studies how people talk and argue about science, religion, technology, and the body in public spaces, such as politics, news media, and online outlets.

Bloomfield has published about various scientific topics and how the public understands and responds to them, including topics such as evolution, science education, online personas, climate change, birth control, and religion in politics. As a communication scholar that focuses on rhetoric, she attends to the ways that people use symbols, such as language, to persuade, influence, and make connections with others — particularly in situations where this use of symbols leads to controversy, deliberation, and public concern.

Bloomfield is interested in the role of religion in politics, strategies for engaging the public in climate science, and how scientists can better communicate and talk to general audiences.


  • PhD Communication, University of Southern California

Emma Frances Bloomfield In The News

Aug 29, 2018

An apology has come out from the Catholic Church.

Dec 11, 2017

By the time violence broke out at a white nationalist march and counterdemonstration in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, UNLV senior Robert Gipson II had had enough.

Oct 26, 2017

It didn’t take long for people to spin elaborate scenarios about the events of October 1. Suddenly, conspiracy theories were local—and struck a nerve. The speculation triggered painful memories and seemed to delegitimize survivors’ personal experiences. So, how to proceed when a friend posts a cringe-worthy conspiracy on social media?

Feb 21, 2017

On April 22, Earth Day, another group of protesters will march on Washington: scientists. They generally attempt political neutrality, but President Donald Trump’s policy actions and appointments have pushed many experts across many disciplines to consider taking this very public stand.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

cell phone saying fake news
Oct 11, 2017
Campus News

In a post-truth world, embracing critical thinking is the only way to counter click bait.

Emma Frances Bloomfield
Oct 10, 2016

This communications studies faculty member says the rhetoric of new technologies is ripe for study.