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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

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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People | July 21, 2022

Academic Success Center employee named a President’s 2022 Classified Employees of the Year.

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People | July 19, 2022

Vincent Nava, ’19 MA Public Administration, works at the governor's office of new Americans.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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Research | July 8, 2022

Study by UNLV online misinformation expert analyzes conservative, liberal Twitter reactions to U.S. gun violence.

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People | June 29, 2022

UNLV senior Mae Agbilay's research shapes programming for Native American youth.

Urban Affairs In The News

Las Vegas Sun
August 12, 2022

The Clark County School Board of the future could add two politically appointed members and a student representative, but the concept of a hybrid board isn’t warmly received by its current members.

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 12, 2022

Michael DiVincino’s earliest memory is of waking up to the FBI bursting into his family’s Las Vegas home in the 1960s to take his father away in handcuffs.

Agence France Presse
August 8, 2022

Campaigners for the frontrunners, Deputy President William Ruto and veteran politician Raila Odinga, are circulating dozens of posts claiming that their opponent is engaged in "vote rigging plots", said Benedict Manzin, a sub-Saharan Africa analyst at UK-based intelligence firm Sibylline.

August 6, 2022

The campaign for Kenya's presidential election has officially closed but the relentless -- and dangerous -- flow of disinformation continues online, as keyboard warriors battle to discredit rivals by sharing fake rigging claims, experts say.

July 31, 2022

The term “fake news” has now become meaningless. Just ask Mary Blankenship, a policy researcher at UNLV and a native of Ukraine.

City Cast Las Vegas
July 28, 2022

Sex is a part of everyday life in Las Vegas. But there’s more to this conversation…and most of us aren’t comfortable talking about it. Host Vogue Robinson talks with Rebecca Bosetti, assistant professor at the UNLV School of Social Work, about her new course, “Sexual Behavior & Society: The Good, the Bad, and the Controversial,” and why Las Vegas needs more sex-positive social workers.

Urban Affairs Experts

An expert on child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and sexual violence.
An expert in online relationships, grief, interpersonal communication, social support, and communication technology.
An expert on jury decision making, intergroup conflict, and police use of social media and technology. 
An expert on interpersonal communication and long-distance relationships.
An expert in child welfare and foster care systems, family homelessness, and child mental health.
An expert on science communication, religion and politics.

Recent Urban Affairs Accomplishments

July 26, 2022
David R. Gruber (Communication Studies) recently published as a co-author with Jason Kalin of DePaul University on the philosophical question of how much embodied access we have to others in new phenomenological methodologies being used in rhetorical studies. The article, "Rhetoric, Methodology, and a Question of Onto-Epistemological Access,"…
July 8, 2022
Jayce Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) published an article, “State Interventions and Interlocal Collaborations Across the Three Pillars of Sustainability,” in State and Local Government Review. This article makes a connection between regional partnerships for sustainability and state-level constraints on the fiscal and functional autonomy of…
July 7, 2022
Benjamin Burroughs, Benjamin J. Morse, Travis Carmona (all Journalism and Media Studies), and Travis Snow (Sociology) have published an article, "The Masks We Wear: Watchmen, Infrastructural Racism, and Anonymity" in the journal Television & New Media. As COVID-19 has led to the politicization of masks and the donning of masks, the prescient…
June 28, 2022
Kiersten Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) represented the city of Henderson as a featured speaker at the 2022 Data Governance and Information Quality Conference. Her presentation, “When Non-Data Professionals Inherit Data Stewardship,” centered on navigating the minefield of limited resources, loss of expertise, and maintenance of quality and…
June 16, 2022
Jesse Barnes (Public Policy and Leadership), Anjala Krishen (Marketing and International Business), and Alexander Chan (both Business) recently published their article, "Passive and Active Peer Effects in the Spatial Diffusion of Residential Solar Panels: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Valley," in the Journal of Cleaner Production. In this…
June 3, 2022
Benjamin Burroughs (Journalism and Media Studies) and Shi-Quan Nettingham, '20 MA Journalism and Media Studies, presented their research, "'Stick to Sports” and Critical Sports Media Industry Studies," at the 72nd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Paris.