Bo Bernhard

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

The New York Times
April 28, 2022
After a long-held stiff arm to Las Vegas, the N.F.L. has in short order selected the city to host a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl and a draft.
GCB News
April 18, 2022
San Manuel Entertainment Authority (SMEA) has announced a partnership with the University of Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute (IGI) for the formation of a new responsible gaming initiative dedicated to the “next generation” of gaming technology.
The Nevada Independent
April 13, 2022
The inclusion of Michigan into the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement gives the eight-year-old organization a vibrant online gaming market that generated more than $1.1 billion in 2021 during its first year of operation.
April 12, 2022
The San Manuel Entertainment Authority -a business entity of California's San Manuel Band of Mission Indians- has announced the development of a “next-generation” responsible gaming program in partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

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Business and Community | December 28, 2021

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Business and Community | October 1, 2021

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

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