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Bo Bernhard

Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling


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. 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

Aug 10, 2016

Sands China held its annual Responsible Gaming Team Training Program at The Venetian Macao, for the fourth consecutive year, Monday and yesterday, attracting nearly 80 participants.

Aug 4, 2016

Brian Sandoval (pictured, left), governor of the U.S. state of Nevada, and Adrian Halpenny (pictured, right), senior vice president Australia and Asia for Scientific Games, officiated at the launch.

Aug 2, 2016

UNLV and the University of Sydney plan to collaborate on interactive gambling research including the study of addiction, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced on Monday in a memorandum of understanding between the two universities.

Aug 2, 2016

On the first day of a trade tour of Australia, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval helped UNLV sign an agreement with the University of Sydney to cooperate in gaming research.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Nov 21, 2016

This UNLV Outstanding Graduate returns as faculty to expand and promote the gaming research she began as a student.

Jun 22, 2016

UNLV International Gaming Institute head Bo Bernhard named Satre Chair in Gaming Studies at University of Nevada, Reno, advancing a collaborative effort between the two institutions.