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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

Aug 13, 2018

Howard Hughes bought it fifty years ago. It closed thirty years ago. Let’s look back at the Silver Slipper.

Jul 19, 2018

Nevada twice has come close to carrying out its first execution in 12 years. And twice it failed.

Jun 14, 2018

Make a little room in the saddle, Eddie Arcaro. You’ve got company in sports history.

Jun 14, 2018

Political analysts Michael Green from UNLV and Sondra Cosgrove from College of Southern Nevada stopped by News 3 to talk about today's Primary Election.

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.