Bo Bernhard

Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management
Executive Director, International Gaming Institute
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

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 18, 2018
When the MGM Grand opened 25 years ago Tuesday, it was the largest hotel in the world and launched an era of growth that forever changed Southern Nevada.
Macau Times
September 24, 2018
Nearly 100 Sands China team members attended the company’s annual Advanced Responsible Gaming Ambassador training program on Thursday and Friday at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central. This program was organized for team members to become responsible gaming ambassadors with enhanced knowledge of gambling problems and awareness of the importance of responsible gaming.
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2018
It was a brief moment near the end of another Nevada Gaming Commission meeting.
Las Vegas Review Journal
March 13, 2018
Robert Hunter would have shied away from a feature in the newspaper.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Caesars Palace sportsbook
Campus NewsFebruary 12, 2019
From sports to themed casinos, UNLV researchers push the boundaries of hospitality scholarship.
International Gaming Institute sign
ResearchJuly 23, 2018
IGI reports offered analysis for officials, business leaders on gaming regulation and ways to balance growing tourism market while minimizing social costs.
Portrait Bo Bernhard
ResearchMay 10, 2018
Vegas native Bo Bernhard’s research on the city’s top industry, hospitality and gaming, informs billion-dollar business decisions around the world and closer to home.
Alyssa Crittenden
ResearchDecember 26, 2017
UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a round up of some of our top stories of 2017.