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

girl on computer with earbuds
Business and Community | March 20, 2020

UNLV communication studies professor Natalie Pennington offers tips to preserve your mental health while protecting your physical health.

four friends arguing
Research | March 17, 2020

UNLV communication professor Emma Bloomfield on breaking through scientific misinformation

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Campus News | March 10, 2020

As coronavirus concerns grow, UNLV researchers available to provide expertise.

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

professor in lecture class
Research | February 19, 2020

A new public communication lab is helping students, staff and community members improve their speaking skills.

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

Communication Studies In The News

Associations Now
March 27, 2020

As many people settle into new routines that severely limit their ability to see colleagues, friends, and family, they are hopping on social media hoping to revive some of those lost connections. However, one expert warns that if you’re not careful about how you use social media, you could end up feeling less connected and more depressed.

Newswise
March 23, 2020

With calls from elected and health officials to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus, more and more people are turning to social media as their primary means of entertainment and connection with friends and the outside world.

Business Insider
March 19, 2020

The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.

Latino USA
March 18, 2020

The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.

The Conversation
March 17, 2020

The medical evidence is clear: The coronavirus global health threat is not an elaborate hoax. Bill Gates did not create the coronavirus to sell more vaccines. Essential oils are not effective at protecting you from coronavirus.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
March 12, 2020

The coronavirus is probably the first major pandemic to occur in the age of social media.

Communication Studies Experts

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.
An expert in the areas of rhetoric and public advocacy. 
An expert in online relationships, grief, interpersonal communication, social support, and communication technology.
Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and expert in community renewal, risk and crisis communications. 
A rhetorical studies professor who researches the impact of cultural influences on how we view food and taste.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

March 19, 2020
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) published an article in The Conversation titled, "How to Talk to Someone You Believe is Misinformed About the Coronavirus." The article provides information about common misperceptions about the coronavirus and strategies for correcting misinformation.
March 10, 2020
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) is featured in a podcast for the New Books Network, a consortium of author-interview podcast channels that brings scholarly research to the public via new media. She was interviewed about her book Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC's "Parks and Recreation," as well as her other books and ongoing research...
March 3, 2020
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "The Gendered Endgame: Marvel's 'New Man'" at the 32nd annual conference of the Far West Popular Culture and American Cultures Association in Las Vegas last month. An expert in gender and media, she discussed how Marvel's blockbuster film Avengers: Endgame presents modified versions of masculinity...
February 20, 2020
Philip Tschirhart and Emma Frances Bloomfield (both Communication Studies) published a paper, "Framing the Anthropocene as Influence or Impact: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Contributions to Stratigraphic Classification" in Environmental Communication. The paper examines disciplinary debates over the stratigraphic (rock-layer) designation of...
February 12, 2020
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) and Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) have published a sequel essay on the television show, Black Mirror, called "Bandersnatched: Infrastructure and Acquiescence in 'Black Mirror.'" The article, published by Critical Studies in Media Communication, argues that Black Mirror disturbs and...
February 11, 2020
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) has written an article, "Entertainment as Education: Multiculturalism and Interculturalism in Eytan Fox's 2004 Film Walk on Water," that appears in the current issue of Popular Culture Review. In the article, Engstrom explicates how the Israeli-German film illustrates both the recognition and celebration of...