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 | January 5, 2021

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.

Professor Nancy Lough standing in front of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Professor Ashkan Salamat in his lab at UNLV
Research | December 29, 2020

A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

UNLV communication studies professor Rebecca Rice
Research | December 10, 2020

As public health and local government officials grapple with misinformation, UNLV crisis communication researcher Rebecca Rice shares battle plan tips.

Communication Studies In The News

January 22, 2021

A Capitol Hill lawmaker is asking the director of the FBI to investigate whether Henderson-based Parler helped extremists plan and carry out the deadly attack in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

January 19, 2021

On Thursday, 2020 officially took its place in the upper echelon of warmest years in human history: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ranked last year as the hottest year to date, ahead of 2016 by just a hair. Two other global temperature tracking organizations, the U.K.’s Met Office and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said 2020 was the second-hottest year on record, closely tailing 2016. Meanwhile, the European Union’s climate change agency declared a tie between the two years.

January 11, 2021

BTS are one of the biggest bands in the world. They’ve sold millions of albums, their music has been streamed billions of times online and tickets to their tours sell out instantly.

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January 4, 2021

The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.

December 23, 2020

Remember Cousin Eddie — Randy Quaid’s lovable buffoon in National Lampoon’s Vacation series?

Business Insider
December 22, 2020

Fitness instructor Shauna Harrison's Instagram feed consists of simple workout routines and yoga stretches she shares with her 84,000 followers.

Communication Studies Experts

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

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

January 20, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published the article "Questions of Professional Practice and Reporting on State Secrets: Glenn Greenwald and the NSA Leaks" in the academic journal Secrecy & Society. The study analyzes the reporting of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden National Security Agency leaks, and ensuing...
December 16, 2020
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published, along with co-author Dr. Jeff Hall (University of Kansas), an article, "Does Facebook-enabled communication influence weak-tie relationships over time? A longitudinal investigation into mediated relationship maintenance" in the academic journal, Communication Monographs. The study used a...
December 2, 2020
Saha Salahi (Communications Studies, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her OpEd, "Hate Crimes in France Affect Muslims Worldwide" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Her piece discusses how the French government's actions toward practices of the Muslim religion only encourage hate crimes against Muslims. 
October 15, 2020
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) and Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) have co-edited a special issue of the journal Communication and the Public on the theme: Ad/Dressing Civic Wounds. This publication began as a conference hosted by the departments of COM and JMS in March 2019, which brought together nationally prominent...
September 30, 2020
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) has co-authored an academic journal article alongside Kelly Winfrey (Journalism, Iowa State). Their article, titled "Engaging in Political Talk on Facebook: Investigating the Role of Interpersonal Goals and Cognitive Engagement," was published in the academic journal Communication Studies. This study used...
September 29, 2020
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) along with Santiago Gudino-Rosales, '20 BS Biology, and Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA English and Criminal Justice, were featured in "Our Nation of Immigrants," a new Brookings Cafeteria Podcast series on immigration policy that launched Sept. 21 and is led by John...