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Bo Bernhard

Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling


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. 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

Jan 23, 2018

Hoi Wa Pou, the Deputy Director of Macau’s Social Affairs Bureau (IAS), revealed that an increasing number of casino sector employees in the Macau get affected by gambling disorders. As the IAS Deputy Director shared, more than 30% of the individuals who asked the Social Affairs Bureau for professional help to deal with problem gambling were people who work in the city’s casino sector.

Jan 23, 2018

From January to September 2017, over 30 percent of the people who sought help from the Social Affairs Bureau (IAS) due to a gaming disorder were employees in the casino sector, according to IAS deputy director Hoi Wa Pou.

Nov 27, 2017

Around the world in a year. That’s how far Bo Bernhard, the engaging 44-year-old executive director of the UNLV International Gaming Institute, goes to answer clarion calls — he terms them “bat signals” — that beckon him.

Aug 10, 2017

The tribe isn’t required to publicly disclose revenue at each casino, but the checks it sends to the state are public knowledge. Using effective revenue sharing rates and reviewing payments received, the Miami-Herald has assembled estimated data on the seven gambling venues.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

Alyssa Crittenden
Dec 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.

UNLV gaming institute sign
Nov 8, 2017
Business & Community

International Gaming Institute reports are among the most comprehensive studies any jurisdiction has had available for use prior to integrated resort implementation.