Bo Bernhard

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

Biography

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.

Education

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

Bo Bernhard In The News

July 19, 2021
Less than five years after bringing the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, Southern Nevada is dancing with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, the Northern California city’s last professional sports franchise, which is seeking to flee the crumbling Oakland Coliseum for possibly a new multi-billion stadium in the desert.
June 29, 2021
GameSquare Esports Inc. plans to do this in a new alliance with Black Fire Innovation, which is a partnership of Caesars Entertainment Inc. and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Office of Economic Development.
June 28, 2021
Industry leaders to collaborate on creating content, producing tournaments and developing curriculum to further advance Black Fire Innovation’s mission.
June 28, 2021
Esports media group Gaming Community Network (GCN) has announced a partnership with workspace provider Black Fire Innovation.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.
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.