Natalie Pennington

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Expertise: Online Relationships, Communication Technology, Grief, Social Support, Interpersonal Communication, Social Media, Friendship

Biography

Natalie Pennington is an expert in interpersonal communication within the context of communication technology. An assistant professor of communication studies, she examines how private topics become public on social networking platforms and the resulting impact on relationships. Her research looks at how users of social media build and maintain relationships, the potential benefits and harms associated with technology use, and social support and grieving online. 

Pennington’s work has been published in several academic publications, including New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Computers in Human Behavior, and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Communication Studies
  • M.A., Kansas State University, Communication Studies
  • B.S., Missouri State University, Communication Studies

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Natalie Pennington In The News

U.S.A. Today
When Ashley Storino wants a new pair of black boots or book recommendations, she knows what gets results – and it isn’t Google.
Daily Motion
The pandemic has had undeniable effects on the college experience, particularly on the ways students are socializing. Digital alternatives like social media and video games have become central in keeping young people connected. We spoke to Natalie Pennington, Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Will Weinbach, entrepreneur and Creator on Clubhouse, about how college social life has changed and the ways technology is affecting relationship-building.
Independent Tribune
The pandemic has had undeniable effects on the college experience, particularly on the ways students are socializing. Digital alternatives like social media and video games have become central in keeping young people connected. Experts talk about how college social life has changed and the ways technology is affecting relationship building.
Verywell Mind
Work-life balance is often encouraged, even when the reality may feel impossible. A recently published study in Communication Reports found that stress was higher among women with children when working remotely during the pandemic, with increased stress with multiple children.

Articles Featuring Natalie Pennington

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

wordle game board with words "REBEL" and "SMART"
People | January 27, 2022

Social media experts talk about the trending word game.

nurse administers shot to woman
Campus News | December 29, 2021

A collection of news stories from 2021 highlighting UNLV’s continuing response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life. 

people doing research
Research | December 27, 2021

UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a roundup of some of our top stories of 2021.