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

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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People | June 6, 2022

Planning events for the College of Engineering takes more than a magic wand. 

illustration of woman surrounded by mountains and lake with mermaids
People | April 26, 2022

A journey over the Hoover Dam set the stage for alumna Camille Touton, now serving at the highest levels of government, to dedicate her life to protecting the nation’s waters.

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Campus News | March 23, 2022

New communication studies class builds coping and resilience skills.

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Campus News | March 7, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Communication Studies In The News

September 19, 2022

The 4.0 era has begun, the keyword virtual Influencer is no longer strange to the public. However, in Vietnam , the "characters" have just entered the field and are in the process of integrating with Vietnamese netizens .

USA Today
September 18, 2022

When Ashley Storino wants a new pair of black boots or book recommendations, she knows what gets results – and it isn’t Google.

August 30, 2022

In the last two months Las Vegas has gone through the fear and panic of mass shootings, even though the shootings never happened.

August 30, 2022

In the last two months Las Vegas has gone through the fear and panic of mass shootings, even though the shootings never happened.

The Good Men Project
July 21, 2022

Why are you being so emotional? Stop being affected by the things you can’t control.

New York Daily News
May 28, 2022

Anyone who spends more than 35 seconds on social media, or overhears a loud conversation in a bar, knows that nowadays, we live amid the equivalent of tribal warfare. Worse yet, we don’t just differ — we demonize. Couples divorce over COVID policy. People refuse to date or do business with Trumpers. The climate is such that you might wonder if it’s even possible to maintain relationships with those on “the other side.”

Communication Studies Experts

An expert in online relationships, grief, interpersonal communication, social support, and communication technology.
An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert on interpersonal communication and long-distance relationships.
An expert on science communication, religion and politics.
An expert in organizational communication that pertains to emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.
A rhetorical studies professor who researches the impact of cultural influences on how we view food and taste.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

September 12, 2022
Denise Tillery (English) and Emma Bloomfield (Communication Studies) were recognized for their article, "Hyperrationality and Rhetorical Constellations in Digital Climate Change Denial: A Multi-Methodological Analysis of the Discourse of Watts Up With That," published in the journal Technical Communication Quarterly. Their article was awarded the…
September 8, 2022
Tara McManus (Communication Studies) co-authored the paper, "PRISM and Emotions: Understanding the Role of Fear and Hope toward Vaccine Information Seeking Intentions," published in Health Communication with lead author Julie Volkman of Bryant University, and fellow co-authors Ashleigh Day of Northern Arizona University and Kristen Hokeness and…
September 7, 2022
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) recently published "Ecologies of 'Sleepy Joe' and 'Mini Mike': The affective politics of ethos and the ethics of Ad Hominem Light" in the journal, Enculturation. The article argues that constructions of credibility (Ethos) are not confined to nice, positive appeals about a character's expertise or good civic…
August 31, 2022
Alireza Rezaee and Lung-Wen Antony Chen (both Environmental & Occupational Health), Ge Lin (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Mark Buttner and Max Gakh (both Environmental & Occupational Health), and Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) published an article on "Air Quality Health Benefits of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio…
July 26, 2022
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) recently published as a co-author with Jason Kalin of DePaul University on the philosophical question of how much embodied access we have to others in new phenomenological methodologies being used in rhetorical studies. The article, "Rhetoric, Methodology, and a Question of Onto-Epistemological Access,"…
February 23, 2022
Kevin Stoker (Journalism and Media Studies, Communication Studies) recently published "Journalism with the Voice of Authority: The Rise of Interpretive Reporting at The New York Times, 1918-1933" in the academic journal Journalism. The article ties the emergence of interpretive reporting to coverage of Washington, foreign correspondence,…