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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

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People | October 20, 2020

Former Marine and College of Urban Affairs Alumnus of the Year has fought to get help for Nevada's veterans seeking educational opportunities.

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Research | October 15, 2020

UNLV research team explores the population and politics of 13 swing states, pushing beyond the old blue state-red state model and painting a new picture where changing suburbs influence outcomes.

Research | October 14, 2020

UNLV social media expert Natalie Pennington explores the impact of politics and partisanship on online friendships.

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Campus News | October 9, 2020

Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.

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Research | October 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

Campus News | October 5, 2020

Office presents statistics and success stories during The State of Online Education webinar.

Urban Affairs In The News

USA Today
October 21, 2020

In 2016, nearly all major metropolitan areas voted for Hillary Clinton, including the counties that generate nearly two-thirds of the U.S. economy. In 2018, voters in the nation’s big blue metros returned Democrats to the majority in the House and drove the party’s senate pick-ups in Arizona and Nevada. They also secured gubernatorial victories in several other states. Suburbs in particular played an outsized role in the blue shift.

KDKA: CBS Pittsburgh
October 20, 2020

Social media expert Natalie Pennington talks about her study, which looks at what motivates people to engage in political talk online.

October 16, 2020

A U.S. map peppered with red and blue has become the unofficial logo of the presidential election in recent years. But it hasn’t always been that way, and, like much in politics, it’s a bit more complicated.

Nevada Current
October 16, 2020

Unidentified hackers recently stole thousands of children’s private information from Clark County School District computers and we know little or nothing of how this happened. This theft of sensitive personal information raises questions as to the security vulnerabilities created by the five tech giants (Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft) and their hold over consumers’ data.

October 14, 2020

There’s a saying that true friendships stand the test of time. But does that apply to Facebook friendships that are tested by differing longtime political beliefs?

October 14, 2020

There's a saying that true friendships stand the test of time. But does that apply to Facebook friendships that are tested by differing longtime political beliefs?

Urban Affairs Experts

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Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

October 15, 2020
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies) and Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) have co-edited a special issue of the journal Communication and the Public on the theme: Ad/Dressing Civic Wounds. This publication began as a conference hosted by the departments of COM and JMS in March 2019, which brought together nationally prominent...
October 13, 2020
Stephen Bates (Journalism and Media Studies) wrote an article for the Atlantic series on the U.S. Constitution, "The Man Who Wanted to Save the First Amendment by Inverting It," which published this month. It analyzes the positive theory of the First Amendment, which holds that the government must expand freedom of speech, not merely refrain from...
October 9, 2020
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Demographic and Socioeconomic Predictors of Behavioral Trajectories from Age 3 to 15: A Longitudinal Mixed Effects Approach," in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. This study used a large, nationally representative sample of at-risk families to investigate the effects of a range of...
October 8, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) published Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States (Brookings Institution Press). The book, which includes contributions from William Brown (Brookings Mountain...
September 30, 2020
Natalie Pennington (Communication Studies) has co-authored an academic journal article alongside Kelly Winfrey (Journalism, Iowa State). Their article, titled "Engaging in Political Talk on Facebook: Investigating the Role of Interpersonal Goals and Cognitive Engagement," was published in the academic journal Communication Studies. This study used...
September 29, 2020
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) along with Santiago Gudino-Rosales, '20 BS Biology, and Yanneli Llamas, '20 BA English and Criminal Justice, were featured in "Our Nation of Immigrants," a new Brookings Cafeteria Podcast series on immigration policy that launched Sept. 21 and is led by John...