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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs News

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is committed to creating contemporary solutions for resilient communities. Its academic programs focus on effective public policymaking, creating support structures to meet behavioral and mental health challenges, ensuring cities are safe and prepared to meet emergency situations, effective and ethical journalism, and interpersonal and public communication strategies.

Current Urban Affairs News

Carlos Flores stands in front of a bank of television screens
Arts and Culture | July 18, 2019

How the gatekeepers in pop culture find exclusivity in their fandom.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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People | June 26, 2019

The UNLV Medical School and its students have been among the beneficiaries.

A portrait of UNLV associate professor Emily Salisbury standing in front of the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center.
Arts and Culture | June 24, 2019

‘Orange is the New Black’ has mirrored real-life circumstances of women offenders since its debut in 2013.

woman in red dress in crowd
People | June 18, 2019

Triple-major Martha Amaya’s research explores the interactions between policing, public policy, and crowd science.

Lisa Davis standing in tall grass at the Wetlands.
People | June 10, 2019

A triple UNLV alum, Lisa Davis has found her passion for sustainability, helping people, and adventure in UNLV's MBA programs.

Urban Affairs In The News

David Magazine
July 8, 2019

You can blame inflation, high professor salaries, escalating costs for highly-amenitized dorms, and a host of other factors. Regardless, the consensus is clear: a college degree is only getting more expensive to attain in the U.S.

The Nevada Independent
July 2, 2019

It’s still a common refrain on climate change: “I don’t believe it.”

Newswise
June 25, 2019

The Litchfield Correctional Facility in upstate New York might be the fictitious background of Netflix’s hit series “Orange is the New Black.” But the stories of the inmates — portrayed by Hollywood actresses — could be easily found throughout real women’s prisons across the U.S. and other countries.

Ozy
June 24, 2019

“Most of the young people that go to college go away, and then they don’t come back,” observes Lee Bianchi, a retired engineer who lived in Clinton, Iowa (pop. 26,647), from 1961 to 2008.

Las Vegas Sun
June 7, 2019

Temperatures have risen in almost every city in the United States since 1970, but no metropolitan area is heating up as quickly as Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Sun
June 7, 2019

Temperatures have risen in almost every city in the United States since 1970, but no metropolitan area is heating up as quickly as Las Vegas.

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

July 10, 2019
Magdalena Martinez (The Lincy Institute and Public Policy and Leadership) was selected to present her research papers at the 2019 International Conference on Public Policy in Montreal, Canada. Her research explores feminist governance and the politics of state policy solutions. The conference is the leading international conference for public...
June 20, 2019
Benjamin Burroughs, David Becker, and Madeline Edgmon (all Journalism and Media Studies), and Adam Rugg of Fairfield University have published a paper titled "#VegasStrong: Sport, Public Memorialization, and the Golden Knights" in the journal Communication and Sport. Becker and Edgmon are master's students.
June 14, 2019
Kathleen Lauckner (Public Policy and Leadership) welcomed the opportunity to present to the N.E.W. Leadership Program participants during their 2019 summer session, hosted by the Women's Research Institute of Nevada. She discussed her own experiences running for the Nevada Assembly, serving on the Nevada Conservation League C3 board, and how...
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...
June 10, 2019
Magdalena Martinez (The Lincy Institute and Public Policy and Leadership) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In the piece, Martinez responds to recent statements made by the NSHE chancellor concerning UNLV's diversity. The piece was originally published June 7.
June 6, 2019
Caitlin Saladino (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West), Marya Shegog (Public Health/Lincy Institute), Magdalena Martinez (Public Policy and Leadership/Lincy Institute), Jaewon Lim, and Kelliann Beavers (both Public Policy and Leadership) were each selected to present their respective research projects at the 2019 Urban Affairs...