Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies News

The Department of Communication Studies offers programs focused on relational and public communication. We teach and deploy communication skills in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and political settings, which in turn helps others to develop critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills. Our goal is to best serve communication needs by training citizens to engage, motivate, and impact communities.

Current Communication Studies News

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The new communications director for women's basketball and softball comes full circle after after working with the NFL's LA Rams.

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Communication studies researcher Emma Bloomfield explains why storytelling needs to be used to better explain science.

A student talking in a group setting with her laptop.
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UNLV Urban Affairs class prepares students to navigate emergency situations from a crisis communication perspective.

Jeffrey T. Child, Ph.D. Professor & Chair of the Communications Studies department teaches a class on Human Communication Theory.
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Our issues with communicating, explained.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
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A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

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The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year helps raise millions of dollars in his 28 years with the UNLV Foundation.

Communication Studies In The News

Discover Magazine

As a science communication scholar, I’ve always supported vaccination and trusted medical experts – and I still do. As a new mom, however, I’ve been confronting new-to-me emotions and concerns while weighing decisions about my son’s health.

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Emma Frances Bloomfield, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explores the effective use of storytelling in science communication. Bloomfield supports vaccination and trusts medical experts, but as a new mom, she has faced a wave of online misinformation about potential vaccine risks. She notes that anti-vaccine advocates often deploy personal stories that make their case compelling.

Conversation

As a science communication scholar, I’ve always supported vaccination and trusted medical experts – and I still do. As a new mom, however, I’ve been confronting new-to-me emotions and concerns while weighing decisions about my son’s health.

Las Vegas Review Journal

A shimmering monolith seemed to appear in the Nevada desert this week, captivating the imaginations of hundreds of thousands and spurring news reports in the U.S. and abroad. But the object may have been there for years.

Scholarly Communication

Listen to this interview of Emma Frances Bloomfield, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We talk about her novel analytical tool for helping you narrativize research! Bloomfield's new book is Science V. Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators (U California Press, 2024)

Reform Austin

Each day, more incumbent politicians and front-runners in Texas are skipping debates during the primary elections. Why is this happening?

Communication Studies Experts

An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert on debate and argument theory.
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.
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.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

Tara McManus, with co-authors and MA graduates Brooke Wolfe and Hannah Novak (all Communication Studies), published an article, “Memorable Messages about Pregnancy and Abortion from the Perspective of College-Enrolled Emerging Adults,” in the journal Health Communication. The study found that college students remember messages about pregnancy that…
Tara McManus (Communication Studies) published the article, "Information Work with Friends Experiencing an Intimate Health Concern," in the journal Communication Reports. The study indicates that communication competence and personal experience increases the information shared when helping friends who are experiencing an intimate health…
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) recently published an article in The Conversation that summarizes key points from her recent book, Science v Story: Narrative Strategies for Science Communicators (University of California Press, 2024).
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) published a philosophical paper in Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge outlining a new ontology. The work is inspired by a poem produced by ChatGPT after being prompted to “write a poem using combinations of words not found anywhere on the Internet as far as your data knows.” The result is an "…
Project Wellness President Jose Llanes, faculty co-advisors to Project Wellness Ursula Kamanga (Honors; Communication Studies) and Daniel Bubb (Honors; Academic Affairs), the Project Wellness Executive Board, and the Project Wellness Planning Board published an article in The Beacon, a newsletter distributed to colleges and universities…
Assistant professor Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) received a top paper award for her paper, "How will Climate Change Change Organizing? An Exploratory Study of How Emergency Organizations Frame Climate Change," from the Western States Communication Conference.