Accomplishments: Department of Communication Studies

October 15, 2021
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies), along with journalism and media studies master's student Alain DeSaix and communcation 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 esports. Specifically, the research draws from a history of video games and place to understand what it means for an esports arena to exist as a...
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 to honor the late Congressman John Lewis and his long tenure of public service and accomplishments in civil rights. Salahi is an undergraduate in...
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 analysis to explore how individuals engaged with social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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 wake of COVID-19, online work, and other institutional pressures. 
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 fandom and provides insight into what strategic communicators can learn from a fandom's use of live-tweeting. 
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 organizations that are feminized in interactions experience reduced influence over the collaboration, while organizations that are deemed masculine may...
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 problems. The study found that for high reliability collaborations, or collaborations that cannot afford to commit errors due to the hazardous nature of...
March 19, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published a peer-reviewed journal article, "The Maintenance of Dormant and Commemorative Ties by Young Adults through Social Media," in the academic journal Southern Communication Journal. The study draws from in-depth qualitative interviews to explore the motivations behind why young adults sustain large virtual networks absent active communication.
March 10, 2021
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published, along with co-authors Jeff Hall (University of Kansas) and Amanda Holmstrom (Michigan State University)  an article, Connecting through Technology during COVID-19, in the open-access academic journal, Human Communication & Technology. The study draws from a sample of roughly 2,000 Americans to assess communication and connection strategies through information communication technologies (ICTs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
March 8, 2021
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute), along with Santiago Gudino-Rosales, '20 BS Biology (Honors College), and Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA English and Criminal Justice (Honors College),, contributed their personal and family stories to the Bookings Institution podcast "Our Nation of Immigrants," launched in September 2020. This year, the podcast is nominated for an Ambies award in Best Politics or Opinion Podcast. The Ambies Awards Ceremony will be...
January 20, 2021
Rebecca Rice (Communication Studies) published the article "Questions of Professional Practice and Reporting on State Secrets: Glenn Greenwald and the NSA Leaks" in the academic journal Secrecy & Society. The study analyzes the reporting of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden National Security Agency leaks, and ensuing debate about national security, secrecy, and professional codes of conduct in journalism. 
December 16, 2020
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) published, along with co-author Dr. Jeff Hall (University of Kansas), an article, "Does Facebook-enabled communication influence weak-tie relationships over time? A longitudinal investigation into mediated relationship maintenance" in the academic journal, Communication Monographs. The study used a longitudinal analysis of Facebook-enabled communication to explore the maintenance of weak tie relationships online.