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

UNLV Engineering team's robot shaking hands with student
Campus News | December 5, 2022

A roundup of students and faculty whose innovation and expertise made news headlines.

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

man standing in front of "rebels make it happen" banner
People | October 7, 2022

Marine Corps veteran Victor Ingram pays it forward after turning his childhood circumstances around through a UNLV-sponsored high school outreach program.

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

Communication Studies In The News

Las Vegas Sun
January 10, 2023

When Jorge Martinez saw a video of Las Vegas’ newest showgirl statues on social media, one question remained: What happened to the originals?

Market Watch
December 20, 2022

When Mark Stokes, a scientist based at the University of Oxford, signed off for good from Twitter this past weekend, he announced that he wasn’t just leaving the social-media platform. He said he was leaving the “whole show,” as in preparing to die. As Stokes poignantly shared in his tweet, “I’ve been battling cancer last 2 years, but now only have a few days left now. Thank you wonderful people, I leave this crazy world with much love in my heart.”

November 30, 2022

To put it bluntly, worker productivity in the U.S. is anemic. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that productivity dropped 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022 and 4.6 percent in the second quarter. The third quarter looked a bit better, with productivity inching up by 0.3 percent.

November 8, 2022

This can be a shocking realization.

October 24, 2022

A steady stream of economic uncertainty has pushed people to seek out financial advice via TikTok, where users share finance tips, resources, and general education.

October 24, 2022

People have had a fascination with famous people for eons — and in the age of the internet, it's only increased. Influencers, often online content creators, have made both the definition of "celebrity" and our relationships with them fuzzy.

Communication Studies Experts

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.
An expert on science communication, religion and politics.
An expert in organizational communication that pertains to emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.
An expert in online relationships, grief, interpersonal communication, social support, and communication technology.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

February 1, 2023
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Nick Paliewicz (University of Louisville) published a paper, "Of Markets, Masks, and (White) Men: Mimetic Performances of Parasitic Publicity During the COVID-19 Pandemic," in Women's Studies in Communication. The paper argues that the anti-masking and anti-vaccination subreddit community known…
January 25, 2023
Laura V. Martinez (Communication Studies) and her co-authors Alaina C. Zanin and Sarah J. Tracy from Arizona State University have been named recipients of the Top Paper Award for their work: "Occupational Socialization and Identification in Pain Work: (Re)Conceptualizing the Experience of Pain as an Interactional, Co-constructed Process." The…
January 25, 2023
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) was acknowledged as one of the top 25 researchers within the Communication Studies discipline over the past five years in a recent publication in the journal, Communication Education titled, "Scholarly productivity in communication studies: A five-year review (2017-2021)." In the study, the authors…
December 6, 2022
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) has published an interview with Christof Koch in the Journal of Consciousness Studies. The interview examines recent developments in and challenges to the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness (IIT).
November 27, 2022
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published an article alongside Jeffrey A. Hall (Kansas) and Andy J. Merolla (UC, Santa Barbara) titled, "Which mediated social interactions satisfy the need to belong?" in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. This study looked at whether face-to-face communication compared to mediated…
November 8, 2022
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) was recently announced as the winner of the National Communication Association Master's Education Section Outstanding Mentor Award for 2022. Pennington will be honored for her work supporting graduate students at the national conference later this month in New Orleans, LA.