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

October 4, 2021
UNLV’s mission to help students bring big ideas to life took a step forward Sept. 29 with the opening of the UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center.
September 30, 2021
UNLV is hoping to bring a slice of Silicon Valley to Southern Nevada with the opening of a new incubation hub.
September 27, 2021
Last Wednesday, the Entain Foundation announced that it will provide a founding grant for a new betting and gaming research initiative at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
September 27, 2021
The Entain Foundation U.S. announced it will provide a founding grant to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for a pioneering betting and gaming research initiative.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Professor, standing next to humanoid robot, leading a tour of office space
Business and Community | October 1, 2021
UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center will help students bridge the gap between a big idea and a marketable business.
Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
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.