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Department of History News

The history department's curriculum embraces the panorama of the past while also helping students to fulfill their constitutions, humanities, multicultural, and international requirements.

Current History News

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Arts and Culture | January 28, 2021

UNLV fashion expert Deirdre Clemente on the historical scrutiny of male versus female politicians’ clothing and the power of textiles, color, and style in shaping image.

History In The News

Daily Mail
May 5, 2021

The evolution of Las Vegas has been nothing short of spectacular.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 5, 2021

Effective May 3, Wynn and Encore will operate their gaming areas at 100% capacity, Wynn Resorts announced on Monday.

May 5, 2021

The iconic Palms hotel and casino has been sold for $650 million and experts say the new ownership ushers in a new trend which is a major "win" for the customer experience.

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May 4, 2021

With online gaming and further expansion in Asia on the cards, Edward Lowton ponders the various possibilities for Sands as the company moves on to greener pastures following the $6.25bn sale of its Las Vegas properties.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
April 28, 2021

Beyond the glitz and glamour of the Strip, Las Vegas boasts a lesser-known local history of Civil Rights activism—and many of its key players lived and worked in a neighborhood called the Historic Westside.

April 19, 2021

While old habits and old systems are hard to break when it comes to a more-sustainable fashion industry, changing technologies and mindsets are paving a new path.

History Experts

An expert in commercial aviation and airport history.
Kirk is an expert who studies the intersections of cultural and environmental history in the modern U.S. with a special interest in the American West.
Finding the intersection of the end of British colonial rule in African and how it affected wildlife conservation.
An expert in U.S. history, race and politics, and people of mixed heritage.
An expert in U.S. women's history, political activism, oral history, and feminism.
An expert on Native American history.

Recent History Accomplishments

May 10, 2021
Susan Lee Johnson (History) was interviewed by Stephen Hausmann on the American West channel of the New Books Network of podcasts. They spoke about Johnson's book Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West. The interview was posted May 7.
May 7, 2021
Michelle Tusan (History) gave two interviews on President Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide — one for the Indian Express, Mumbai and the other for Radio, Seoul, South Korea.
May 4, 2021
Doris Morgan Rueda (History) has been selected as a recipient for the American Historical Association 2021 Littleton-Griswold Research Grant to support research in U.S. legal history and in the general field of law and society. 
May 3, 2021
Michelle Tusan (History) published "How to Write the History of Trauma," in a forum on The Holocaust and the Nakba in Central European History. 
May 3, 2021
John Curry (History) gave an invited, virtual honorary lecture to the Religious Studies Center and the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas last month. The lecture, "The Formation and Contemporary Prospects of Islamic Mysticism," reached a wide public audience of around 100 attendees via Zoom.
May 3, 2021
Paul Werth (History) presented aspects of his current research on the history of the world's longest border—that of the Russian Empire and the USSR—at the Universities of Illinois (March) and Michigan (April).