Michael Green

Professor, History
Expertise: Nevada, Gaming, Civil War Era, Politics


Michael Green is a 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

Nevada Business
Vegas All In, a new, original docu-series from Vegas PBS, premiered in March and airs on Channel 10 at 10 p.m. and digital installments are now also available on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube under the handle of @VegasAllInPBS.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
Vice President Kamala Harris was in town on Monday as she continues her campaign trail. The Vice President highlighted the impact of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a law signed by President Joe Biden in 2022 that led to a new rule announced by the Justice Department requiring anyone who sells guns to run federal background checks. This was Harris' fourth visit to the Las Vegas valley so far this year. UNLV professor and chair of the history department Dr. Michael Green also stopped by to talk more about her visit.
The Independent
The Tropicana has been synonymous with old-world Las Vegas glamour for nearly seven decades – but the legendary landmark has now closed its doors to make way for a $1.5 billion baseball stadium. As historians scramble to preserve the Tropicana’s colourful past, the site’s sporting future exemplifies the city’s ever-changing identity
The Guardian
Las Vegas’s famous Tropicana hotel is no more. Its guests were abruptly asked to leave earlier this month and its gold-domed casino closed – signaling the end of an icon of classic Sin City life where glamor, celebrity and crime seemed to go hand in hand.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News | April 1, 2024

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News | March 1, 2024

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News | January 31, 2024

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.