Natalie Pennington

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

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

Science Vs
April 29, 2021
Tons of us are spending waaaayyy more time using screens these days—and it’s freaking us out.
Yahoo!
April 23, 2021
At first glance, Donald Trump’s Facebook page seems like it’s been dead for months.
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2021
Donald Trump’s last Facebook post is dated 3:14 p.m. Jan. 6, 2021, the afternoon of the Capitol riots, as he called for “everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful.” Not long after he published that, Facebook—and many other social networks—banned him indefinitely for inciting the riots, instantly turning the account into a time capsule of those final, chaotic days before his presidency ended.
Digital Information World
April 14, 2021
The start of 2021 has seen us face a series of dubious anniversaries – a year since the first cases, deaths and lockdowns caused by Covid-19 in countries across the world. These milestones have caused us all to reflect on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the ways in which it has changed our lives in and out of work.

Articles Featuring Natalie Pennington

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.
vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.
woman surrounded by laptops, ipad, phone, and other tech covers ears in frustration
Research | March 9, 2021
UNLV social media expert Natalie Pennington shares the top 10 takeaways of research on the impact of video chats, email, online gaming, and other communication tech on stress, loneliness, and relationships.
Campus News | February 3, 2021
A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.