Emma Frances Bloomfield

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Expertise: Science communication, Environmental communication, Scientific controversies, Climate change, Sustainability, Intersection of science and religion, Strategies for combating misinformation and talking with skeptics, Social media, Storytelling


Currently an associate professor at UNLV, Emma Frances Bloomfield studies science communication and public interactions and engagement with science. She is interested in a variety of intersections of science with religion, technology, politics, the economy, digital spaces, and news media.

Bloomfield has published about various scientific topics and how the public understands and responds to them, including topics such as climate change, the environment, evolution, science education, 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.

In addition to studying scientific controversies and why they emerge, Bloomfield also researches strategies to curtail the spread of misinformation and strategies to engage science skeptics.


  • PhD Communication, University of Southern California

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Emma Frances Bloomfield In The News

Scholarly Communication
Listen to this interview of Emma Frances Bloomfield, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We talk about her novel analytical tool for helping you narrativize research! Bloomfield's new book is Science V. Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators (U California Press, 2024)
San Bernardino County Sun
Experts share tips for effective — not combative — conversations. Facts and kindness matter.
The Orange County Register
Some Christians feel a duty to take care of God's creation. Others see climate change as a 'wicked' distraction.
K.N.P.R. News
In the last two months Las Vegas has gone through the fear and panic of mass shootings, even though the shootings never happened.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created U.N.L.V.'s iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.