Michael Ian Borer joined the faculty at UNLV in 2008 after teaching at Dartmouth College and Furman University. Interested in the dynamics of urban culture, especially the relationships between people and places, Borer finds Las Vegas to be a fertile research "laboratory" for him and his students. His specializations include urban and community sociology, culture, religion, and qualitative methods. He is primarily interested in the creative ways that people make sense of their social and physical environments their real and imagined interactions and experiences. He is the editor of The Varieties of Urban Experience: The American City and the Practice of Culture (UA Press, 2006), the author of Faithful to Fenway: Believing in Boston, Baseball, and America’s Most Beloved Ballpark (NYU Press, 2008), and co-author of Urban People and Places: The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns (SAGE, 2014). His work has been published in City & Community, the Journal of Popular Culture, Religion & American Culture, Social Psychology Quarterly, Symbolic Interaction, and the Journal of Religion & Media, among others journals and edited books. Borer was elected and served as the 2011-12 Vice President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He is the recipient of the 2011 Maines Narrative Research Award—granted by the Ethnography Division of the National Communications Association—for his article "From Collective Memory to Collective Imagination: Time, Place, and Urban Redevelopment". He was awarded the UNLV Graduate and Professional Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award in 2012 and the College of Liberal Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.