Michael Green

Associate Professor, History
Expertise: Nevada, Gaming, Civil War Era, Politics


Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV and teaches classes for both the history department and the Honors College. His courses range throughout U.S. history, but his teaching and research particularly focus on Las Vegas and Nevada history, the Civil War era and Abraham Lincoln, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is the author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State and co-author of Las Vegas:  A Centennial History, among other books and articles about Nevada. He has published three books on the Civil War era, including Lincoln and the Election of 1860 and Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War. He writes "Nevada Yesterdays," read by former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan, for KNPR and Nevada Humanities. He is a columnist for Nevada's Washington Watch and Vegas Seven. He is a member of the board of directors for The Mob Museum, for which he was one of the researchers.



  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Michael Green In The News

February 14, 2020
Who doesn’t love getting the “I voted” sticker after passing through the ballot booth during election season? A badge of honor for many, the sticker often makes it way to car bumpers, desktops, and refrigerator doors.
February 7, 2020
Last time, we talked about an impeachment involving a Nevadan at the state level. Nevada has another major connection to the history of impeachment: in 1986, U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne became the first federal judge impeached, convicted, and removed from office since the Civil War. It was a complicated, controversial case.
KSNV-TV: News 3
February 5, 2020
Somebody in Sioux City, Iowa... “Hi, this is Bernard." Is getting a call...
February 4, 2020
The far-reaching effects of the coronavirus outbreak could reach the worlds of Jewish philanthropy and U.S. politics, with Sheldon Adelson’s casino empire the latest to be impacted by the contagion.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

football players look up at fireworks display
Campus NewsDecember 2, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
desert mountain landscape
ResearchJune 4, 2018
UNLV history professor Michael Green on why the state became a magnet for federal projects.
an illustration of televisions around the world tuned to UNLV
UNLV HistoryOctober 18, 2017
The 2016 Presidential Debate brought UNLV to global prominence.
aerial shot of the university in 1960
UNLV HistorySeptember 7, 2017
As both a graduate and a history professor, Michael Green has watched UNLV’s growth with some awe. It’s future, he says, will be all the more astonishing.