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 dry lake bed at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Research | June 6, 2019

UNLV researcher develops new method for categorizing climate change beliefs and shares tactics for communicating with deniers.

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and Community | April 25, 2019

Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.

Stands stand behind the police tape of a simulated crime scene
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws in multiple disciplines to create a uniquely detailed scenario for students.

Jim Stelk talks to three students during the Urban Adventure class.
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws on police, social workers, actors and more to make a complex scenario come to life for Urban Affairs students.

Kimberly Marano poses in front of trees on UNLV's campus.
People | April 22, 2019

With her love of sports, she is taking her approach “behind the scenes” by helping students in the classroom and in their sports.

Research | April 16, 2019
UNLV’s Research & Creative Honors Program provides undergraduates with unique opportunities that prepare them for graduate studies.

Communication Studies In The News

June 6, 2019

Warming oceans. Shrinking ice sheets. Intense rainfall events. Rising sea levels.

Fast Company
March 14, 2019

Maybe it starts with a LinkedIn notification that your professional nemesis got a big promotion. Or, perhaps you heard through the grapevine that a former colleague landed your dream job. Suddenly, you’re awash in negative emotions like envy, anger, or frustration.

Las Vegas Sun
March 11, 2019

In an age of predawn rage tweets by President Donald Trump and public cries from his opponents like “Impeach that (expletive),” a special debate last week at UNLV offered hope that civil discourse can return to American politics.

Las Vegas Sun
January 7, 2019

From examining the possibility of life on distant moons to helping improve the everyday lives of Las Vegas residents, wonderful things are happening on the UNLV campus.

The Nevada Independent
October 15, 2018

Nevada voters are about to weigh in on a governor’s race that’s closer than any has been in decades, with implications for the health care of hundreds of thousands of people and the future of public education.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 29, 2018

An apology has come out from the Catholic Church.

Communication Studies Experts

An expert on science communication, religion and politics.
An expert in online relationships, grief, interpersonal communication, social support, and communication technology.
An expert in conflict resolution and gender-based violence.
A rhetorical studies professor who researches the impact of cultural influences on how we view food and taste.
Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and expert in community renewal, risk and crisis communications. 
An expert in argumentation, persuasion, propaganda, and the history of political theory.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

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...
May 6, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) has published a book on how to have better climate conversations at the intersection of environmental attitudes and religious beliefs. Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment is currently under production as part of Routledge's Advances in Climate Change...
April 25, 2019
Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Amber Stephens, and Nicholas Lepp (all Communication Studies) received awards at the department's end-of-year ceremony celebrating student accomplishments. Chiang-Lopez was awarded the Graduate Outstanding Teaching Award for her research, service ,and teaching work in COM 101 and 102. Stephens and Lepp received Outstanding...
March 29, 2019
Xavier Williams (Communication Studies) competed and won the national championship this past weekend at the United State Intercollegiate Boxing Association Championships in Syracuse, New York. He competed in the 141-pound novice division and won each of his two bouts by unanimous decision. Williams, a senior, has been an integral part of the UNLV...
March 1, 2019
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) and Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) published article, "Black Mirror, Mediated Affect and the Political," for a special issue of Culture, Theory, and Critique devoted to the theme, "Intensities: Affect, Encounter, and Social Change." This publication comes out of a small conference at the...
February 26, 2019
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Television's 'New Man' Persona: Nostalgia and Masculinity in ABC's 'The Goldbergs'" at the annual conference of the Far West Popular and American Culture Associations in Las Vegas. Engstrom examined how hegemonic masculinity and masculine communication styles are portrayed in the popular network...