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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People | June 6, 2022

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

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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.

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

Social media experts talk about the trending word game.

woman speaking in padded room with ring light
Campus News | January 25, 2022

Communication coaches help students spot their presentation tics and gain confidence in their abilities.

Communication Studies In The News

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.”

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 11, 2022

Last month, during the run-up to the Super Bowl, chicken wings became a topic of consternation for a lot of people. What used to be an inexpensive and beloved snack item has become a nearly premium product. Rising chicken wing prices have become the focus in conversations, and the pain continues.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 11, 2022

Last month, during the run-up to the Super Bowl, chicken wings became a topic of consternation for a lot of people. What used to be an inexpensive and beloved snack item has become a nearly premium product. Rising chicken wing prices have become the focus in conversations, and the pain continues.

Daily Motion
February 23, 2022

The pandemic has had undeniable effects on the college experience, particularly on the ways students are socializing. Digital alternatives like social media and video games have become central in keeping young people connected. We spoke to Natalie Pennington, Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Will Weinbach, entrepreneur and Creator on Clubhouse, about how college social life has changed and the ways technology is affecting relationship-building.

Independent Tribune
February 17, 2022

The pandemic has had undeniable effects on the college experience, particularly on the ways students are socializing. Digital alternatives like social media and video games have become central in keeping young people connected. Experts talk about how college social life has changed and the ways technology is affecting relationship building.

KNPR News
February 14, 2022

It’s valentines day and the choices we’ve made either mean we’re with someone, we’re alone, or, now that we’re without masks and in Las Vegas, we’re people watching, either downtown, on the Strip, or for a few lost cases, in a strip club.

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 interpersonal communication and long-distance relationships.
An expert in organizational communication that pertains to emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.
An expert on science communication, religion and politics.
A rhetorical studies professor who researches the impact of cultural influences on how we view food and taste.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

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,…
December 17, 2021
Ayla Gelsinger (Communication Studies and Psychology) received the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal Best Article Award for the work, A Critical Analysis of the Body Positive Movement on Instagram: How Does it Really Impact Body Image?, which published in Spectra’s inaugural fall 2020 issue. Sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (…
November 23, 2021
Tara McManus (Communication Studies) published the peer-reviewed study "Conditional effects received parental support on emerging adults’ relational satisfaction" in the Journal of Marriage and Family Review. The cross-section survey of emerging adult children suggests parents can be reassured that the support they provide cannot decrease the…
November 19, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published a peer-reviewed journal article, "The Toll of Technology While Working from Home during COVID-19" alongside Amanda J. Holmstrom (Michigan State) and Jeffrey A. Hall (University of Kansas) in the academic journal Communication Reports.   The study draws from a representative sample of American…
November 16, 2021
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Chris Manktelow of the University of Exeter published a paper, "Climate communication and storytelling" in a special issue on "Climate Change Communication and the IPCC" in Climatic Change. The paper encourages the IPCC to adopt storytelling elements to better adapt climate science conclusions to…
November 3, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) is the author of the book Communicating Authority in Interorganizational Collaboration (Routledge). The book argues that authority is negotiated in interactions among organizational members as they collaborate and uses a case study of an emergency management collaboration to consider sources of authority during…