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Bo Bernhard

Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling

About

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., Sociology, Harvard University
  • B.S., Psychology, Harvard University

Bo Bernhard In The News

Jul 5, 2016

The 16th UNLV International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, the “Eadington Conference,” was attended by over 600 delegates from 31 countries, including many IMGL members serving as session moderators and participants. Bo Bernhard and the co-chairs of the event, along with the conference committee, prepared an excellent program that superbly carried forth Bill Eadington’s vision of gathering the world’s intellectual thought-leaders of gaming researchers, educators, treatment professionals, industry leaders, attorneys, and gaming consultants.

Jun 27, 2016

Bo Bernhard, the executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was named to the Philip G. Satre chair in gaming studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Jun 27, 2016

Bo Bernhard, the executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was recently named to the Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. This appointment means both Nevada universities will work together to collaboratively offer the world’s most sought-out gaming studies programs.

Jun 27, 2016

Bo Bernhard, executive director of UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, has been named the Philip G. Satre Chair in Gaming Studies at both UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Jun 22, 2016
People

UNLV International Gaming Institute head Bo Bernhard named Satre Chair in Gaming Studies at University of Nevada, Reno, advancing a collaborative effort between the two institutions.


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.