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. A former journalist, he has served as 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
With the Republican National Committee doubling down on passing anti-abortion legislation in states and at the federal level, could the future success of Republican candidates in the battleground state of Nevada be at risk?
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
School choice has been a debate in Nevada for many years. Now it's at the forefront once again. On Monday, Governor Joe Lombardo expressed support for the issue in his State of the State address.
The Nevada Independent
It’s known as the State of the State — a biennial address the governor delivers to the Legislature to highlight policy priorities and discuss the condition of Nevada. On Monday evening, Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo will make his first such address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chamber at the Legislative Building in Carson City. The speech will provide Lombardo with an opportunity to lay out his administration's legislative agenda and proposed budget, though he already set some broad policy priorities during his gubernatorial campaign, including an expansion of school choice, economic diversification and repeal of “soft-on-crime” legislation.
Associated Press
Police have gone public with pleas to identify a man believed to be responsible for several recent robberies of cashiers at casinos in neighborhoods off the Las Vegas Strip.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

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Campus News | June 2, 2022

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