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

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People | September 8, 2021

Communication studies major Saha Salahi awarded Nevada's first John Lewis Youth Leadership Award.

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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People | August 30, 2021

UNLV alumna and lecturer explores what works in long-distance relationships.

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Research | August 17, 2021

And what to share with those who keep using them

Joey Cruz 
People | July 10, 2021

Coming to UNLV from Hagatña, Guam opened up new doors for communication studies major Joey Cruz to discover jobs, internships, service opportunities, and more.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Communication Studies In The News

Washington Post
September 24, 2021

When Sage Anastasi was a teenager, he spent a lot of time on Facebook, passionately defending social justice issues, such as queer rights or the legality of conversion therapy.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
September 7, 2021

Social media has played a big role during this pandemic and it can sometimes be misleading.

August 30, 2021

Filled with stories from numerous sources and spanning Tesla’s history from its early days to last year’s pandemic, Power Play painted a picture of how an incredibly determined Elon Musk practically willed Tesla into being, and how his ego and pettiness caused the company to pay the price more than once.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 26, 2021

Officials with the World Health Organization fear misinformation about Covid-19 and the vaccine is keeping people from getting the shot.

News R
August 19, 2021

News and other social media platforms are showing videos of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan that have spurred a roller-coaster of emotions for Saha Salahi, an Afghan American student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

August 19, 2021

Afghan families in the Las Vegas valley have raised concerns about their loved ones back in Afghanistan.

Communication Studies Experts

An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
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An expert in argumentation, persuasion, propaganda, national identity construction, and the history of political theory.
An expert in organizational communication that pertains to emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.
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.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

August 6, 2021
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) was named the inaugural Nevada recipient of the John Lewis Youth Leadership Award by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in a recent press release. The John Lewis Youth Leadership Award was established in 2021 by the National Association of Secretaries of State...
July 15, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published a peer-reviewed journal article, "Communication Outside of the Home through Social Media during COVID-19," in the academic journal Computers in Human Behavior Reports. This article was published with support from the UNLV Open Article Fund. The study combines qualitative and quantitative...
July 1, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) and co-authors published a forum essay titled "Revisiting Ethnography in Organizational Communication Studies" in the journal Management Communication Quarterly. The essay brings scholars who have used ethnographic observation in organizational settings into a conversation about the future of the method in the...
June 4, 2021
Guadalupe Negrete (CAEO) and Tara McManus (Communication Studies) co-authored an article, "“Okay Twitter… Trend this, Sucka! #Supernatural': A Content Analysis of the Supernatural Fandom’s Use of Live-tweeting" that has been published in The Journal of Social Media in Society. The article examines the use of live-tweeting by the Supernatural...
May 25, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published an article in Communication Monographs, titled "Feminist Theory and Interorganizational Collaboration: An Ethnographic Study of Gendered Tension Management." The article considered how collaborations among multiple organizations are influenced by constructs of masculinity and femininity so that...
March 29, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published an article in Management Communication Quarterly titled "High Reliability Collaborations: Theorizing Interorganizational Reliability as Constituted through Translation." The article studies how multiple risk and emergency organizations collaborate across organizational boundaries to address shared...