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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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

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Research | November 19, 2021

Research by UNLV communications expert Natalie Pennington finds that texts, video calls burdened the mental health of working moms during pandemic.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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People | November 1, 2021

Current student and full-time dispatcher is the first line of defense when people call University Police Services.

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People | October 15, 2021

Patrick T. Smith Achievement in Service Award Paul Chaffee helped revive UNLV's Real Estate Club, and has been an integral part of the Lied Center for Real Estate, working extensively to show the next generation of real estate agents the right way to do business.

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

Communication Studies In The News

Verywell Mind
January 6, 2022

Work-life balance is often encouraged, even when the reality may feel impossible. A recently published study in Communication Reports found that stress was higher among women with children when working remotely during the pandemic, with increased stress with multiple children.

December 17, 2021

From the pandemic to climate change, Americans are still expected to work no matter what happens.

December 13, 2021

Last month protests broke out in front of the homes of Clark County elected officials.

December 13, 2021

Last month protests broke out in front of the homes of Clark County elected officials.

Everyday Health
December 10, 2021

Research suggests that memes — a popular social media phenomenon among young people — can be beneficial for people living with mental health issues, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

December 9, 2021

Tools such as instant messaging and video conferencing allowed people to work from home during the pandemic, but they add to the stress for women with children, according to a UNLV-led study.

Communication Studies Experts

An expert on interpersonal communication and long-distance relationships.
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.
An expert in competitive debate, policy debate, argumentation and persuasion, and presidential and political debates.
An expert in argumentation, persuasion, propaganda, national identity construction, and the history of political theory.

Recent Communication Studies Accomplishments

November 23, 2021
Tara McManus (Communication Studies) published the peer-reviewed study "Conditional effects received parental support on emerging adults’ relational satisfaction" in the Journal of Marriage and Family Review. The cross-section survey of emerging adult children suggests parents can be reassured that the support they provide cannot decrease the…
November 19, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published a peer-reviewed journal article, "The Toll of Technology While Working from Home during COVID-19" alongside Amanda J. Holmstrom (Michigan State) and Jeffrey A. Hall (University of Kansas) in the academic journal Communication Reports.   The study draws from a representative sample of American…
November 16, 2021
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) and Chris Manktelow of the University of Exeter published a paper, "Climate communication and storytelling" in a special issue on "Climate Change Communication and the IPCC" in Climatic Change. The paper encourages the IPCC to adopt storytelling elements to better adapt climate science conclusions to…
November 3, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) is the author of the book Communicating Authority in Interorganizational Collaboration (Routledge). The book argues that authority is negotiated in interactions among organizational members as they collaborate and uses a case study of an emergency management collaboration to consider sources of authority during…
October 15, 2021
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies), along with journalism and media studies master's student Alain DeSaix and communication studies master's alumnus Joshua Barney published an article titled, "Place, Casinos, and Esports" in the Gaming Law Review. The article considers the importance of physical space and the demarcation of place in…
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…