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

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 19, 2019
Do you know who's really pumped that municipal elections are moving to even-year Novembers?
June 3, 2019
This May marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Now, in fact, it wasn’t transcontinental. It started in Omaha and went to Sacramento. But its construction meant you could take the train across the United States. That was an important first, and important to Nevada.
KSNV-TV: News 3
May 24, 2019
If governor Steve Sisolak, D-Nevada, signs assembly bill 186, Nevada would become the 15th state, along with DC, to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 21, 2019
The legislative session is two weeks away from ending. This year, Nevada made history with the first-ever female majority running the state.

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.