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

A woman stands at a sand trap on a golf course
People | November 6, 2019

College of Urban Affairs Alumna of the Year Sarah Thornton struck out on her own 12 years ago, and has reaped success since.

computer screen showing Facebook friend requests
Research | November 4, 2019

UNLV communication studies professor and social media researcher Natalie Pennington unveils the biggest online dealbreakers, cling makers, and tips for culling your contact list.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A chef raises a cleaver to chop and onion and broccoli.
People | October 30, 2019

These faculty members aren't just accomplished in their academic fields. They all have one thing in common: success in the hobbies they're passionate about.

Evelyn Johnson by a vase of flowers.
People | September 23, 2019

As a UNLV alum, employee, and mom, Johnson works to enhance UNLV every day.

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.

Communication Studies In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 17, 2019

Today is National Unfriend Day.

CNET
November 17, 2019

There's a holiday for practically everything -- even pruning your collection of friends on social media. Sunday is National Unfriend Day, which was started in 2010 by late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel. Shrinking your social circle has a number of benefits, according to Natalie Pennington, a communications professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, whose dissertation, cited in a university release, focuses on the effects of unfriending and unfollowing through social media.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 16, 2019

The holiday encourages users of Facebook and other social networking platforms to examine how close or superficial their online relationships are, and unfriend those who ignore a status update pleading for volunteers to help move.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
November 15, 2019

Former Las Vegas resident and comedian Jimmy Kimmel has created a holiday to help you end superficial relationships online. National Unfriend Day is Nov. 17 and a UNLV professor agrees with Kimmel.

Fast Company
November 15, 2019

Simply look at the reaction environmental activist Greta Thunberg received after speaking at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations (or really, when she does anything) and you’ll see how heated things can get when people talk about climate change.

Parade
November 15, 2019

You’ve got plenty of friends on social media until … there’s one less friend. In other words, you’ve been “unfriended.”

Communication Studies Experts

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Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

October 24, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) was cited as a climate change expert in a Variety article published Sept. 16 about the increased media coverage of climate change topics. 
September 24, 2019
Melissa Fleetwood (Communication Studies), a former graduate teaching assistant and current second-year graduate student, has taken a dietitian position with the Southern Nevada Health District. She will be merging her research interests with her career path of working with HIV patients. 
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...