Bo Bernhard

Interim Vice President of Economic Development
Executive Director, International Gaming Institute
Professor, Sociology and Hospitality
Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling, Sports Wagering


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 and Nevada’s regulated sports betting industry within the context of professional sports in Las Vegas. 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

January 27, 2021
At UNLV, Bo Bernhard has gone from casino chips to real money.
Las Vegas Review Journal
January 14, 2021
For the first time since its inception in 1988, Las Vegas Sands Corp. is without CEO and Chairman Sheldon Adelson.
El Tiempo
January 14, 2021
For the first time since its inception in 1988, Las Vegas Sands Corp. is without CEO and President Sheldon Adelson.
Nevada Business
December 29, 2020
With an unwavering commitment to empower, enrich and educate underserved children to lead choice-filled lives, non-profit CORE welcomes two new members to serve the organization on the CORE 2021 Board of Trustees: Jessica Battaglia, Vice President of Human Resources, Switch; and Bo Bernhard, Associate Vice President of Economic Development, UNLV.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Campus News | February 3, 2021
A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
Research | November 16, 2020
UNLV, UNR team up to help tech entrepreneurs earn federal funds for early-stage business development.
A photo of the area surrounding UNLV with the Las Vegas Strip in the background
Research | July 13, 2020
UNLV researchers share lessons learned from Casino Cosmopol CEO Per Jaldung.
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Business and Community | June 30, 2020
“The Big Questions: Online Gambling and Sports Wagering” will help identify a responsible path forward for policymakers and regulators nationwide.