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

KCBS Radio
While Memorial Day weekend is renowned for being one of the busiest travel periods in the United States and symbolizing the unofficial start of summer, it is important to remember that at its core, this holiday holds a solemn significance.
The Nevada Independent
The Historic Commercial Center neighborhood about a mile east of the Las Vegas Strip has a storied history as a haunt for the Rat Pack in the 60s and a haven for LGBTQ+ communities from the 70s to the late 90s.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
Monday marks the 118th birthday of the City of Las Vegas. In more than a century since the city was established, nearly 650,000 people have come to call it home.
The Las Vegas Strip has been the heart of gambling in the US for decades. But gambling is no longer the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Over the last 30 years, casino profits have slowly shifted to nongambling sources.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

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Campus News | June 2, 2022

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