Emma Frances Bloomfield

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Expertise: Science Communication, Environmental Communication, Scientific Controversies, Climate Change, Intersection of Science and Religion, Strategies for Combating Misinformation and Talking with Skeptics

Biography

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.

Education

  • PhD Communication, University of Southern California

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Emma Frances Bloomfield In The News

New York Daily News
May 28, 2022
Anyone who spends more than 35 seconds on social media, or overhears a loud conversation in a bar, knows that nowadays, we live amid the equivalent of tribal warfare. Worse yet, we don’t just differ — we demonize. Couples divorce over COVID policy. People refuse to date or do business with Trumpers. The climate is such that you might wonder if it’s even possible to maintain relationships with those on “the other side.”
K.N.P.R. News
December 13, 2021
Last month protests broke out in front of the homes of Clark County elected officials.
CNET
November 8, 2021
From natural disasters to high carbon dioxide levels, climate change is here.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
September 7, 2021
Social media has played a big role during this pandemic and it can sometimes be misleading.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

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Campus News | December 29, 2021

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.