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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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Research | June 6, 2019

A new book details how colonial control impacted a continent’s relationship to its wildlife.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

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Arts and Culture | February 20, 2019

The Barrick Museum's Axis Mundo exhibit explores the intersectionality of LGBTQ and Latinx artists.

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People | November 15, 2018

Susan Lee Johnson will serve as first endowed chair in Liberal Arts; position will elevate history program to leader in the study of the Intermountain West.

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Campus News | September 25, 2018

In the wake of the Oct. 1 shooting, UNLV academics found new avenues for study. In the process, they’re helping our community explore the issues and heal from the trauma.

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Research | September 3, 2018
That pain in your neck may be from your tablet device, how librarians help keep students in school, a research course that has undergrads digging up viruses, and more.

History In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 19, 2019

Do you know who's really pumped that municipal elections are moving to even-year Novembers?

U.S. News & World Report
June 7, 2019

In a warehouse on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, graduate student Debbie Fleshman lifted the lid on a tan train case and stared down into silver screen history.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 3, 2019

In a warehouse on the UNLV campus, graduate student Debbie Fleshman lifted the lid on a tan train case and stared down into silver screen history.

June 3, 2019

This May marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Now, in fact, it wasn’t transcontinental. It started in Omaha and went to Sacramento. But its construction meant you could take the train across the United States. That was an important first, and important to Nevada.

KSNV-TV: News 3
May 24, 2019

If governor Steve Sisolak, D-Nevada, signs assembly bill 186, Nevada would become the 15th state, along with DC, to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

May 22, 2019

Walk through the lobby of any big resort on the Las Vegas Strip and you'll see an aggressive onslaught of restaurants -- some incredible, some celebrity-driven, and some desperately overhyped. Most carry the same purpose: to make dinner feel like an event, something to pair with the noisy slots, neon marquees, and casino party hosts promising access "on the list" to the latest nightclubs

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Recent History Accomplishments

June 17, 2019
William Bauer (History and American Indian Alliance) presented a paper, "Not Dammed Indians: The Dos Rios Dam, the Round Valley Reservation and the History of Indian Removal" at the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States annual conference at John Moores University in Liverpool, England. He discussed how, in the late 1960s, American...
May 21, 2019
Michael Green (History) published the essay "Eastern and Western Empire: Thaddeus Stevens and the Greater Reconstruction," in The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens: Place, Personality, and Politics in the Civil War Era, edited by Michael J. Birkner, Randall M. Miller, and John W. Quist.
April 30, 2019
William Bauer (History and American Indian Alliance) presented the paper "American Indian Freedom, Sovereignty and United States Capitalism," at the 40th annual American Indian Workshop in Poznan, Poland, earlier this month. He discussed how ideas regarding freedom and sovereignty supported the federal Indian policy of allotment and continue to be...
April 29, 2019
Michael J. Alarid (History) had his article "Beyond Banditry: The Significance of Everyday Larceny in New Mexican Social History, 1837-65" published in The Western Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, Issue 2, Summer 2019. This article focuses on larceny in New Mexico and argues that petty larceny is a long-overlooked crime that has the potential to...
April 15, 2019
Carlos S. Dimas (History) has been awarded a Residential Fellowship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri, the world’s foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology While there, he will research his new project A Nation of Climates: Agriculture, Climatology, and Nation-Building in the Argentine...
April 8, 2019
Michael J. Alarid (History) presented, "Strongmen in the Northern Borderlands: Reconsidering Landholding New Mexicans in the Mexican State and American Territorial Periods, 1836-63" at the 66th annual meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies in Oaxaca, Mexico, last month.