Dan Bubb

Associate Professor in Residence, UNLV Honors College
Coordinator of Academic Affairs
Expertise: Commercial Aviation, Airport History, World History, U.S. History, American Western History


Daniel "Dan" Bubb  — a former airline pilot — is an expert on commercial aviation and airport history in the American West. His other research areas include United States, American Western, and world history.

An associate professor in residence with the UNLV Honors College, Bubb also serves as the college's coordinator of academic affairs.

In 2012, he published his first book, Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City (University of Nevada Press). Currently, Bubb is researching and writing a second book that examines the role airlines and airports play in connecting Western American cities with the world.

Bubb serves as the deputy director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • M.A., History, UNLV

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Dan Bubb In The News

Washington Post
Traveling has always come with complications, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it more challenging than ever.
New York Post
Newark Liberty International Airport will no longer be considered a New York City destination beginning next month — which may lead to passengers having to pay a penalty if they want to transfer to the Big Apple hubs.
Aerospace America
Electric aircraft pioneers draw on history to win converts to their novel designs
With much of the world cutting ties with Russia in the wake of its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s commercial airline industry is feeling the pinch. For months, Russia’s aviation sector has grappled with the repossession of aircraft leased from international companies, the halting of orders from the likes of Boeing and Airbus, and now the latest headache: the lack of spare parts available for routine maintenance.

Articles Featuring Dan Bubb

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

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Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

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UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

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