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Assistant Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management
Executive Director, International Gaming Institute
Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling
Bo Bernhard's research and teaching work focuses on the impacts of gaming and tourism industries on communities around the world. His grant-funded studies have supported more than a dozen student researchers who share his interest in examining the sociological laboratory of Las Vegas. He is currently exploring the long-term health of problem gamblers. In addition, he is studying the health contours of multiethnic and multiracial individuals in the United States.
He began his research career at Harvard University, with an undergraduate thesis on the community impacts of the gaming and tourism industries in Nevada. He then came to UNLV to earn his Ph.D. and soon extended his analysis to global perspectives.
In 2010, he was named executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research Journal and a Lincy Fellow at UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West.
His work on gambling, society, and Las Vegas has been prominently featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
- Ph. D., University of Nevada Las Vegas
- B.A., Sociology, Harvard University
- B.S., Psychology, Harvard University
Bo Bernhard In The News
The monolithic hotel casinos that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian built on the sparkling Las Vegas Strip spoke for themselves.
Backers of a new international center for gaming regulation at UNLV are seeking $500,000 in annual state money.
Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard
Yoseloff Gaming Innovation Program helps students take ideas from classroom to casino floor with help from industry leaders; 13 student projects in patent process.
World experts on gambling behavior, online gaming, and technology to convene at 15th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking.