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

Biography

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.

Education

  • PhD Communication, University of Southern California

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Emma Frances Bloomfield In The News

Variety
September 16, 2019
More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment. Reporters were stationed on all seven continents. The news unit even managed to have the lights turned off on the Empire State Building and Times Square to symbolize the dire threat posed by the decline of the earth’s natural support systems. Anchor Diane Sawyer had to use a flashlight – on camera – to maneuver around the set.
New Milford Spectrum
September 16, 2019
More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment. Reporters were stationed on all seven continents. The news unit even managed to have the lights turned off on the Empire State Building and Times Square to symbolize the dire threat posed by the decline of the earth’s natural support systems. Anchor Diane Sawyer had to use a flashlight – on camera – to maneuver around the set.
Yahoo!
September 16, 2019
More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment.
The Conversation
August 5, 2019
Studying Christianity provides important insights into how to talk productively about climate change with a variety of audiences. I interviewed Christians from many different denominations and found that they don’t all think alike when it comes to the environment. Some reject environmentalism, some embrace it, and others modify it to fit their beliefs.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

A dry lake bed at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
ResearchJune 6, 2019
UNLV researcher develops new method for categorizing climate change beliefs and shares tactics for communicating with deniers.
cell phone saying fake news
Campus NewsOctober 11, 2017
In a post-truth world, embracing critical thinking is the only way to counter click bait.
Emma Frances Bloomfield
PeopleOctober 10, 2016
This communications studies faculty member says the rhetoric of new technologies is ripe for study.