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

Las Vegas Sun
When Jorge Martinez saw a video of Las Vegas’ newest showgirl statues on social media, one question remained: What happened to the originals?
Market Watch
When Mark Stokes, a scientist based at the University of Oxford, signed off for good from Twitter this past weekend, he announced that he wasn’t just leaving the social-media platform. He said he was leaving the “whole show,” as in preparing to die. As Stokes poignantly shared in his tweet, “I’ve been battling cancer last 2 years, but now only have a few days left now. Thank you wonderful people, I leave this crazy world with much love in my heart.”
Mashable
This can be a shocking realization.
Shondaland
A steady stream of economic uncertainty has pushed people to seek out financial advice via TikTok, where users share finance tips, resources, and general education.

Articles Featuring Natalie Pennington

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

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

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

Social media experts talk about the trending word game.

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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.