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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

Nov 30, 2018

Thirty-one people are on the Sisolak transition team, headed by Congresswoman Dina Titus, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and former Speaker Barbara Buckley.

Oct 24, 2018

More than 80 percent of land in Nevada is federally owned, the greatest portion of any state. So, Nevada candidates in the midterm elections are addressing public-lands issues, from nuclear waste sites to water and grazing rights.

Oct 22, 2018

The lines and the crowd signal a major turnout for early voting, and the Nov. 6 Election Day isn't for another two and a half weeks.

Oct 19, 2018

When you talk about Las Vegas, certain people or places or institutions are icons. One of those icons turns fifty in October. Let’s look back at the history of the Circus Circus, opened in 1968.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

desert mountain landscape
Jun 4, 2018

UNLV history professor Michael Green on why the state became a magnet for federal projects.

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Oct 18, 2017
UNLV History

The 2016 Presidential Debate brought UNLV to global prominence.