Emma Frances Bloomfield

Assistant Professor in 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 assistant 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

Well and Good
September 22, 2020
Climate change is an increasingly divisive topic due in part to widespread misinformation. All the myths floating around make it hard to separate climate fact from climate fiction. Sarah A. Green, PhD, a chemistry professor at Michigan Technological University, says debunking these myths can help us plan for a better future.
Salon
August 20, 2020
In an interview with Fox News last month, President Donald Trump called Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, an "alarmist," using a pejorative straight from the playbook of those who deny the science behind climate change. Fauci rejected the characterization, describing himself as a "realist."
Grist
August 13, 2020
In an interview with Fox News last month, President Donald Trump called Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, an “alarmist,” using a pejorative straight from the playbook of those who deny the science behind climate change. Fauci rejected the characterization, describing himself as a “realist.”
Grist
July 24, 2020
Allow me to applaud your instinct to avoid the intergenerational blame game, America’s favorite pastime that has not been canceled by coronavirus. Perhaps you’re still recovering from the latest round, which kicked off last week when fiction writer Lorrie Moore devoted four paragraphs of her audacious review of the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People to a takedown of millennials, in general.

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