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

Nicole Schultz with ice cream cone.
People | January 22, 2020

This alumna-turned-employee savors the small moments in life and work at UNLV's International Gaming Institute.

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

football players look up at fireworks display
Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A woman stands at a sand trap on a golf course
People | November 6, 2019

College of Urban Affairs Alumna of the Year Sarah Thornton struck out on her own 12 years ago, and has reaped success since.

computer screen showing Facebook friend requests
Research | November 4, 2019

UNLV communication studies professor and social media researcher Natalie Pennington unveils the biggest online dealbreakers, cling makers, and tips for culling your contact list.

Communication Studies In The News

January 15, 2020

Everyone knew the question of “electability” was going to come up at last night’s Democratic presidential debate.

Canada's National Observer
January 3, 2020

Pope Francis is not your average pope. He’s weighed in on prison reform and women’s rights, and he wrote a whole encyclical on climate change in 2015. On Friday, at the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Francis waded into the climate change debate again with an unusual idea: perhaps environmental destruction should be classified as an official sin.

December 27, 2019

More and more people are questioning the value that social media brings into their lives, with many users choosing to disconnect and trading in blue screens for blue skies, or at least, a life less dependent on checking notifications every three seconds.

Hello Giggles
December 27, 2019

Signing off from social media due to depression, stress, and anxiety is common, says University of Nevada, Las Vegas communication studies professor and social media researcher Natalie Pennington.

Topical Thunder
December 23, 2019

Does social media play a big role in politics? Most people would say yes. But what are the dynamics of that role? How does social media impact our understanding of politics, and in what ways should politics take platforms like Facebook and Twitter into account?

December 3, 2019

Are you one of the millions of younger people quitting Facebook? For more than a decade, we’ve used Facebook as a way to keep up with friends.

Communication Studies Experts

An expert in organizational communication that pertains to emergencies such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings.
An expert in conflict resolution and gender-based violence.
An expert in the areas of rhetoric and public advocacy. 
Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and expert in community renewal, risk and crisis communications. 
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

January 23, 2020
Jacob Thompson (Communication Studies) was quoted in an article related to public speaking and debate skills. Thompson, director of the UNLV Debate Team, was featured in the article "How to Stick to Your Talking Points: When You’re Trying to Get a Point Across, Embrace Your Inner Candidate."
January 17, 2020
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) and Gary Larson (Journalism and Media Studies) are co-authors of "Audio and Video Journalism" in Convergent Journalism, An Introduction: Writing and Producing Across Media, third edition, newly published by Taylor and Francis. 
November 25, 2019
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Surviving the Darkness: The Washington Post's Super Bowl Ad and Press Freedom" at the 2019 annual convention of the National Communication Association in Baltimore. She spoke about the visual and conceptual content of the historic ad, which featured journalists, images, and national events that...
November 20, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) was cited as a climate change expert in a Fast Company article published Nov. 15 about how to talk to people about climate change in an emotionally intelligent way.
October 24, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) was cited as a climate change expert in a Variety article published Sept. 16 about the increased media coverage of climate change topics. 
September 24, 2019
Melissa Fleetwood (Communication Studies), a former graduate teaching assistant and current second-year graduate student, has taken a dietitian position with the Southern Nevada Health District. She will be merging her research interests with her career path of working with HIV patients.