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

Arts and Culture | September 28, 2020

UNLV debate expert Jacob Thompson examines the impact a Trump-Biden matchup will have on the final election result.

Research | September 24, 2020

Communication in the digital space can make us closer or tear us apart.

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

Educational series explores issues on race and seeks solutions for a more inclusive society.

A student works on a laptop in his dorm room
Campus News | August 24, 2020

Office of Online Education offers tips to ensure student success, from tech to study habits, while engaging in remote education.

A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus News | August 10, 2020

As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.

Nicole Santero at home, surrounded by BTS memorabilia, including a poster.
People | August 3, 2020

Nicole Santero balances her job communicating about the School of Public Health with her doctoral research on the BTS phenomenon.

Communication Studies In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 29, 2020

The debate tonight between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden won’t persuade as many potential voters as past election cycles, says Jacob Thompson, director of the UNLV debate team.

September 28, 2020

Presidential Debates in a Highly Polarized America: UNLV Expert Available.

Well and Good
September 22, 2020

Climate change is an increasingly divisive topic due in part to widespread misinformation. All the myths floating around make it hard to separate climate fact from climate fiction. Sarah A. Green, PhD, a chemistry professor at Michigan Technological University, says debunking these myths can help us plan for a better future.

August 20, 2020

In an interview with Fox News last month, President Donald Trump called Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, an "alarmist," using a pejorative straight from the playbook of those who deny the science behind climate change. Fauci rejected the characterization, describing himself as a "realist."

August 13, 2020

In an interview with Fox News last month, President Donald Trump called Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, an “alarmist,” using a pejorative straight from the playbook of those who deny the science behind climate change. Fauci rejected the characterization, describing himself as a “realist.”

July 24, 2020

Allow me to applaud your instinct to avoid the intergenerational blame game, America’s favorite pastime that has not been canceled by coronavirus. Perhaps you’re still recovering from the latest round, which kicked off last week when fiction writer Lorrie Moore devoted four paragraphs of her audacious review of the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People to a takedown of millennials, in general.

Communication Studies Experts

A rhetorical studies professor who researches the impact of cultural influences on how we view food and taste.
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.
Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and expert in community renewal, risk and crisis communications. 
An expert in organizational communication that pertains to emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

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...
September 11, 2020
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) published an article, "Deliverance," in the international journal Communication and the Public. The essay is part of a special issue, "Ad/Dressing Civic Wounds," which began as a conference (March 2019) hosted by the department of communication studies in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. "Deliverance"...
September 8, 2020
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) recently published an article, "Quitting Social Media: A Qualitative Exploration of Communication Outcomes" in the academic journal, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. The study draws on in-depth interviews to understand the benefits and drawbacks related to abstaining from social media use. 
September 1, 2020
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Michael Easter (Journalism and Media Studies) are the founders of the Public Communication Initiative, which has designed and launched a survey of Nevadans' climate attitudes. The survey was created in partnership with Gov. Steve Sisolak's climate strategy team to inform their climate initiatives...
August 17, 2020
Saha Salahi (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute) recently had an OpEd, "Pandemic Highlights the Need to Invest in Civic Education" featured in the Las Vegas Sun. She is pursuing a major in communications and is a Brookings public policy minor student.
August 12, 2020
Tara McManus (Communication Studies) published the article “Providing support to friends experiencing a sexual health uncertainty” in Journal of Applied Communication Research. The study found that when college-aged people had greater positive expected outcomes for the conversation with their friend, communication efficacy, and factual sexual...