Gaming Faculty

Bo Bernhard, Ph.D.


Bo Bernhard, Ph.D.
A 5th generation Nevadan, Dr. Bo Bernhard calls Las Vegas home, but he works frequently in jurisdictions as diverse as South Africa, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Macao, Mexico, Vietnam, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Portugal, Austria, Greece, England, and Canada. Dr. Bernhard began his research career at Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he completed a double major (...

Stowe Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Professor & Dean, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

Stowe Shoemaker
Since becoming dean in 2013, Dr. Shoemaker has been active in advancing the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality to meet — and exceed — the Top Tier goals set by the university. His long and varied career in hospitality and gaming has garnered him numerous scholarly grants and honors including a Lincy Professorship, Michael D. Olsen Research Award, and many others. Research Interests...

Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Brett Abarbanel
Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D., is Director of Research at the UNLV International Gaming Institute, with a joint appointment as the Head of Social and Recreational Gambling at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. Dr. Abarbanel has expertise in global gambling and social science applications, and her research covers Internet gambling policy and behavior, eSports and gambling, operations and technology use,...

Carl Braunlich, D.B.A.

Associate Professor

Carl Braunlich

Jungsun (Sunny) Kim, Ph.D.

Jungsun (Sunny) Kim
Dr. Jungsun “Sunny” Kim received her Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She received her M.S. in Hotel Administration also from UNLV and a B.S. in Hotel and Tourism Management from Kyung Hee University, South Korea. She also served on the faculty of Texas Tech University, teaching hospitality marketing and hospitality finance...

Anthony Lucas, Ph.D.

Anthony F. Lucas received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2000.  He also received an MBA, in 1992, from UNLV, and a BS, in Accounting, from Ball State University in 1986.  Over a ten-year period, Dr. Lucas worked in the areas of financial and operations analysis for Harvey’s Resort Hotel Casino, Harrah’s, the MGM Grand, and the Palace Station Hotel Casino....

Ngai Pindell, J.D.

Vice Provost and Special Advisor

Ngai Pindell

Toni Repetti, Ph.D.

Toni Repetti
Toni Repetti, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor for undergraduate and graduate finance, accounting and gaming courses in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She recently came back to UNLV after teaching for a year at the University of Central Florida. In addition to UNLV courses, Ms. Repetti also teaches online courses and seminars for UNLV’s...

Robert Rippee

Director, Hospitality Lab at the International Gaming Institute

Robert Rippee is the Director of the newly formed Hospitality Lab at the International Gaming Institute. As the gaming innovation class has brought innovation to the casino industry, the Hospitality Lab seeks to do the same with the global hospitality industry. The lab is a project oriented innovation lab addressing the top needs and opportunities within an entire industry. ...

Daniel Sahl, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Gaming Innovation

Daniel Sahl recently graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from UNLV. Sahl’s doctoral work looked at the convergence of video game design with present-day slot machines and how these new games impact the player’s experience. Sahl’s research experience includes participation in several large-scale research surveys on a range of topics, including tourism and gaming, and he has presented and published...

Ashok Singh, Ph.D.

Ashok Singh
Dr. A.K. Singh, Ph.D., came to the International Gaming Institute from the UNLV Department of Mathematics, where his 30-year academic career had evolved to embrace increasingly gaming-oriented research questions. His unique and award-winning research background sheds new light on an industry that, at base, is built upon math. At the International Gaming Institute, he teaches courses in advanced...

Donald Snyder

Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives

Donald Snyder has deep ties to the university and Southern Nevada. An executive with senior leadership experience in both the commercial banking and gaming industries, Snyder is immediate past president of UNLV and now serves, on a volunteer basis, as a presidential advisor. Snyder has been involved with UNLV for nearly 30 years as a volunteer or administrator. Prior to his term as acting UNLV...

Sarah Tanford, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarah Tanford is a professor in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in social psychology. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industries to the program. Her experience includes management positions in business strategy and corporate planning at Harrah’s Entertainment, as well as travel...