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

Mic
March 30, 2020
When Donald Trump was first presented with the potential threat of coronavirus, he dismissed it. In an interview on CNBC, he described the outbreak as "one person coming in from China" and said that the situation was "totally under control."
Business Insider
March 19, 2020
The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.
Latino USA
March 18, 2020
The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.
The Conversation
March 17, 2020
The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.

Articles Featuring Emma Frances Bloomfield

four friends arguing
ResearchMarch 17, 2020
UNLV communication professor Emma Bloomfield on breaking through scientific misinformation
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Campus NewsMarch 10, 2020
As coronavirus concerns grow, UNLV researchers available to provide expertise.
professor in lecture class
ResearchFebruary 19, 2020
A new public communication lab is helping students, staff and community members improve their speaking skills.
UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
PeopleDecember 27, 2019
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.