Accomplishments: Department of Communication Studies

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 served to counter current anti-press rhetoric.
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. 
August 23, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) published two essays in August. The first article is "The Rhetoric of Energy Darwinism: Neoliberal Piety and Market Autonomy in Economic Discourse" in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, which addresses the role of metaphors in disrupting our understanding of energy and the environment. The second article is "Rhetorical Constellations and the Inventional/Intersectional Possibilities of #MeToo" in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, which addresses the...
August 13, 2019
Erika Engstrom (Communication Studies) presented "Discretion and Despair: Considering Civil Religion and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale" at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto. She examined the elements of civil religion — rituals and symbols of American public life — as portrayed in the series in the context of the series' political and social commentary.
August 8, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) authored an article in The Conversation highlighting the core arguments in her book, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment.
June 11, 2019
Michael Lane Bruner (Communication Studies) just published his latest book with the University of South Carolina Press: Rhetorical Unconsciousness and Political Psychoanalysis. The book describes and analyzes various unconscious forms of persuasion that work to structure our social and political worlds, often with pathological consequences. A precis of the book's argument was published in the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric last summer.
May 6, 2019
Emma Frances Bloomfield (Communication Studies) has published a book on how to have better climate conversations at the intersection of environmental attitudes and religious beliefs. Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment is currently under production as part of Routledge's Advances in Climate Change Research series. It is available for pre-order and will be released June 4.
April 25, 2019
Claudia Chiang-Lopez, Amber Stephens, and Nicholas Lepp (all Communication Studies) received awards at the department's end-of-year ceremony celebrating student accomplishments. Chiang-Lopez was awarded the Graduate Outstanding Teaching Award for her research, service ,and teaching work in COM 101 and 102. Stephens and Lepp received Outstanding Graduate Research Awards for their publications, presentations, and thesis work. 
March 29, 2019
Xavier Williams (Communication Studies) competed and won the national championship this past weekend at the United State Intercollegiate Boxing Association Championships in Syracuse, New York. He competed in the 141-pound novice division and won each of his two bouts by unanimous decision. Williams, a senior, has been an integral part of the UNLV Boxing Club during his time at the university. As the current vice president of the club, he has strived to enhance the club and its connection to the...