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Brookings Mountain West


Brookings Mountain West is a partnership between UNLV and the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. The purpose of Brookings Mountain West is to bring the Brookings tradition of high-quality, independent, and impactful research to the issues facing the dynamic and fast-growing Intermountain West region. Building upon work at Brookings and UNLV, our community engagement and research initiatives focus on helping metropolitan areas like Las Vegas grow in robust, inclusive, and sustainable ways. Brookings Mountain West provides a platform to bring ideas and expertise together to enhance public policy discussions at the local, state, and regional level.


commencement profile (josh hawkins/unlv)

President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Faculty respond to the mental health crisis with multiple programs focused on addressing the shortages and challenges in Nevada on April 5.

Brookings Mountain West In the News


Executive Director of both Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West David Damore first discusses the results of Nevada’s Primary Election and the biggest takeaways from former President Trump’s Sunset Park rally. Then we discuss the opening of the Silver Copper Crossing Bridge and where other major infrastructure projects in Nevada are at.

U.S. News & World Report

Much of the attention each presidential election cycle centers on swing states where the outcome can have an outsize impact on who wins the White House. But candidate campaigns and political analysts also zero in on smaller areas where factors like demographics and turnout can play critical roles in the race's ultimate outcome.


During an international reporting tour titled ‘Democracy is More Than Election Day’, arranged by the Global Public Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, through its Foreign Press Centers and in cooperation with the Meridian International Center, a lecture was organized at the University of Nevada with Dr. David Damore, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West. In his lecture, Dr. Damore spoke about the political landscape in Nevada, including election cycles and electoral candidates as the state is preparing for upcoming presidential elections in the U.S. in November 2024.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

Nevada ranks worst in the nation for both overall mental health and youth mental health. To make matters worse, the state has a shortage of health workers in those fields. UNLV hosted a mental health forum Friday to highlight three university-led efforts to improve mental health and the health worker shortage in Nevada.

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