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

April 15, 2019
We are approaching the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Nevada has an additional reason to celebrate something that happened fifty years before that, when the state took a stand for suffrage. It’s a chance for us to talk about a significant speech in Nevada’s history, and errors in the record of Nevada’s history.
KSNV-TV: News 3
March 25, 2019
Nicholas Trutanich has been our U.S. Attorney since January 16.
March 8, 2019
As you know, for many years, this feature was written by Frank Wright, who was a curator for the Nevada State Museum. If there was an equivalent of Frank in northern Nevada, as the go-to guy for history, it was Phil Earl. We’re sad to report that Phil died early this year just before his eighty-second birthday, and we would like to tell you more about him.
March 4, 2019
Only five years after Nevada became a state in 1864, White Pine and Elko Counties were born. This year they turn 150.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

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.
Campus NewsOctober 18, 2016
Professor Michael Green offers a history lesson in how to say the state's name.