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

woman with Black Labrador wearing service animal vest
Campus News | April 21, 2021

Student Service 2021 Award recipient Ayla Gelsinger helps those recovering from PTSD through her work with Silver State Service Dogs.

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.

backpack and laptop on lawn filled with leaves forming wifi symbol
People | March 23, 2021

Oral communication proved to be a benchmark as courses shifted online at the start of the pandemic.

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.

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People | February 5, 2021

Alumna puts communication, law degrees to work while co-founding new firm.

Campus News | February 3, 2021

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

Communication Studies In The News

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.

The Nevada Independent
April 6, 2021

We tried, at first, to shake the uncanniness of it all.

April 1, 2021

When it comes to technology, many of us reflexively assume newer is better. So when Covid-19 forced us into isolation a year ago, we turned to our digital devices to stay in touch with family and friends.

Las Vegas Weekly
March 25, 2021

UNLV prof Natalie Pennington on lessons learned from pandemic isolation.

March 23, 2021

The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health and a new study by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas shows some surprising results.

Washington Post
March 22, 2021

For someone who is hours away from his family, living alone on a college campus without in-person classes, and who infrequently sees a friend in the flesh, Hugh-Jay Yu has an impressively active social life.

Communication Studies Experts

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 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 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

March 29, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published an article in Management Communication Quarterly titled "High Reliability Collaborations: Theorizing Interorganizational Reliability as Constituted through Translation." The article studies how multiple risk and emergency organizations collaborate across organizational boundaries to address shared...
March 19, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published a peer-reviewed journal article, "The Maintenance of Dormant and Commemorative Ties by Young Adults through Social Media," in the academic journal Southern Communication Journal. The study draws from in-depth qualitative interviews to explore the motivations behind why young adults sustain large...
March 10, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published, along with co-authors Jeff Hall (University of Kansas) and Amanda Holmstrom (Michigan State University)  an article, Connecting through Technology during COVID-19, in the open-access academic journal, Human Communication & Technology. The study draws from a sample of roughly 2,000 Americans...
March 8, 2021
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute), along with Santiago Gudino-Rosales, '20 BS Biology (Honors College), and Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA English and Criminal Justice (Honors College),, contributed their personal and family stories to the Bookings Institution podcast "Our Nation of Immigrants," launched...
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...