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

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 11, 2019
Mark Bailus wants back on the Clark County District Court bench after losing as an appointed incumbent in November.
February 11, 2019
Last time we were talking about efforts in Nevada to pass the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to outlaw alcohol sales. An initiative got the question on the general election ballot in 1918. It turned out to be like … a political campaign.
February 4, 2019
A century ago, America decided to get dry. We’re still feeling the effects, and Nevada was part of the whole process.
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2019
Shannon Smith knew this would be unlike any home he’d ever sold.

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.