Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies News

The Department of Communication Studies’ mission is to help students, members of the Las Vegas community, and citizens from all walks of life develop healthy interpersonal relationships, manage small groups and organizations, speak with knowledge and confidence, critically evaluate and present complex data, and ensure the development of sound public policy.

Current Communication Studies News

Carlos Flores stands in front of a bank of television screens
Arts and Culture | July 18, 2019

How the gatekeepers in pop culture find exclusivity in their fandom.

A dry lake bed at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Research | June 6, 2019

UNLV researcher develops new method for categorizing climate change beliefs and shares tactics for communicating with deniers.

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and Community | April 25, 2019

Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.

Stands stand behind the police tape of a simulated crime scene
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws in multiple disciplines to create a uniquely detailed scenario for students.

Jim Stelk talks to three students during the Urban Adventure class.
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws on police, social workers, actors and more to make a complex scenario come to life for Urban Affairs students.

Kimberly Marano poses in front of trees on UNLV's campus.
People | April 22, 2019

With her love of sports, she is taking her approach “behind the scenes” by helping students in the classroom and in their sports.

Communication Studies In The News

The Nevada Independent
August 12, 2019

What is sexual harassment? How can employees address it when it is happening? What are the best practices in moving forward?

The Conversation
August 5, 2019

Studying Christianity provides important insights into how to talk productively about climate change with a variety of audiences. I interviewed Christians from many different denominations and found that they don’t all think alike when it comes to the environment. Some reject environmentalism, some embrace it, and others modify it to fit their beliefs.

True Viral News
July 19, 2019

Warming oceans. Shrinking ice sheets. Intense rainfall events. Rising sea levels.

The Nevada Independent
July 2, 2019

It’s still a common refrain on climate change: “I don’t believe it.”

June 6, 2019

Warming oceans. Shrinking ice sheets. Intense rainfall events. Rising sea levels.

Fast Company
March 14, 2019

Maybe it starts with a LinkedIn notification that your professional nemesis got a big promotion. Or, perhaps you heard through the grapevine that a former colleague landed your dream job. Suddenly, you’re awash in negative emotions like envy, anger, or frustration.

Communication Studies Experts

An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert in online relationships, grief, interpersonal communication, social support, and communication technology.
An expert in conflict resolution and gender-based violence.
An expert on science communication, religion and politics.
Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and expert in community renewal, risk and crisis communications. 
An expert in argumentation, persuasion, propaganda, and the history of political theory.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

August 23, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) published two essays in August. The first article is "The Rhetoric of Energy Darwinism: Neoliberal Piety and Market Autonomy in Economic Discourse" in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, which addresses the role of metaphors in disrupting our understanding of energy and the environment. The second article is...
August 13, 2019
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Discretion and Despair: Considering Civil Religion and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale" at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto. She examined the elements of civil religion — rituals and symbols of American public life — as portrayed in the...
August 8, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) authored an article in The Conversation highlighting the core arguments in her book, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment.
June 11, 2019
Michael Lane Bruner (Communication Studies) just published his latest book with the University of South Carolina Press: Rhetorical Unconsciousness and Political Psychoanalysis. The book describes and analyzes various unconscious forms of persuasion that work to structure our social and political worlds, often with pathological consequences. A...
May 6, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) has published a book on how to have better climate conversations at the intersection of environmental attitudes and religious beliefs. Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment is currently under production as part of Routledge's Advances in Climate Change...
April 25, 2019
Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Amber Stephens, and Nicholas Lepp (all Communication Studies) received awards at the department's end-of-year ceremony celebrating student accomplishments. Chiang-Lopez was awarded the Graduate Outstanding Teaching Award for her research, service ,and teaching work in COM 101 and 102. Stephens and Lepp received Outstanding...