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Bo Bernhard

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

Mar 25, 2016

The world-renowned gambling researcher discusses living in the shadows of the bright lights, how evolutionary biology relates to Vegas, globalised gambling, the science of intelligence and why gender diversity is important.

Aug 7, 2015

Gavin Isaacs (pictured), president and chief executive of lottery manager and casino equipment supplier Scientific Games Corp will be one of the industry leaders at a ‘CEO Roundtable’ discussion to be held at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2015 in Las Vegas.

Jun 17, 2015
The monolithic hotel casinos that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian built on the sparkling Las Vegas Strip spoke for themselves.
May 22, 2015
Backers of a new international center for gaming regulation at UNLV are seeking $500,000 in annual state money.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Apr 12, 2016
Business & Community

International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking welcomes Wynn and researchers from 30 countries this June to the place that changed the game.

Mar 30, 2016

UNLV supercomputer helps gaming innovation students do the math and make the pitch for a new fantasy sports game.