Bo Bernhard

Professor, Sociology and Hospitality
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

Games Magazine
May 29, 2019
The International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking traces its origins back to 1974, and is recognized as the premier research oriented conference in the world. It brings together international experts to examine and analyze gambling from many perspectives.
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 13, 2019
For two years, tourists here have dealt with a cannabis conundrum: All over this glittering town, there are shops selling weed — and nowhere to smoke it.
Las Vegas Review Journal
May 13, 2019
One of the champions for advocating the balance of gambling with responsible play has joined UNLV’s International Gaming Institute as a distinguished fellow in responsible gaming.
CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
May 9, 2019
Longtime gaming industry executive Alan Feldman has joined the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming.

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.