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

ExBulletin
November 29, 2021
The idea of ​​helping UNLV turn UNLV into a hotbed of hospitality innovation started making pizza with friends.
November 29, 2021
An idea to help transform UNLV into a hotbed for hospitality innovation started cooking over a pizza between friends.
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October 21, 2021
Less than a month after disciplinary action was filed against Station Casinos, the casino operator said the matter should be dismissed.
October 20, 2021
Less than a month after Nevada gaming regulators filed disciplinary action against Station Casinos over serious glitches in the company’s sports wagering system, the casino operator said the matter should be dismissed.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Nurses using medical syringes
Business and Community | December 28, 2021

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring innovative ideas, discoveries, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

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.

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.