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

Gambling News
April 16, 2021
A new report on sports betting in the US delivered strong recommendations for sportsbook operators not to advertise their products to vulnerable people, and for media outlets to distinguish between licensed and illegal gambling websites.
April 16, 2021
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) released a report Thursday with a number of recommendations regarding sports betting marketing in the US.
Vegas Inc
March 8, 2021
Lexicon Bank appointed Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear to its board of directors. Crear brings more than 10 years of community and executive leadership to the board. In addition, Lexicon Bank promoted Stacy Watkins to CEO. Serving as president since April 2020, Watkins has made significant contributions to the bank’s continued growth and success, including leading efforts to support small businesses and organizations throughout Nevada—particularly those most affected by the pandemic.
Las Vegas Sun
March 4, 2021
Some experts view the news Wednesday of Las Vegas Sands Corp. selling off its properties on the Strip as a sign that the resort corridor is on its way to shedding coronavirus-related economic doldrums and welcoming millions of tourists annually.

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.