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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

A historical photo shows the original Nevada Capitol
Business and Community | August 20, 2019

"The Sagebrush State" is an essential tome to appreciating the history, and vagaries, of governance in the state.

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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.

Two women viewing artwork
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.

History In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 22, 2019

First, a little civics lesson, and we’ll keep it simple.

August 16, 2019

Las Vegas has been known, unfairly, for blowing up its past. We’ve lost some buildings we wish could have been preserved. But most of the more recent losses have been confined to the resort corridor. One of the hotels to topple was the Landmark. Tearing it down was quick. Building it was a story unto itself, as was its opening, fifty years ago this past July.

August 12, 2019

We’ll be marking a couple of centennials this year, but one of them is looking back at how Nevada reacted in 1919 to things that happened in 1917 and 1918. You heard that right.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 7, 2019

Few things in life are certain. But here's one of them:

“Well, there's no question that President Trump is going to be our nominee in 2020,” says Nevada GOP spokesperson Keith Schipper.

August 7, 2019

The Me Too movement sent shock waves through all kinds of industries from politics to entertainment with high-profile cases bringing down well-known and extremely powerful men.

San Francisco Chronicle
July 30, 2019

California has the toughest gun control laws in the country and only continues to tighten them. But its efforts are undermined by a more permissive approach in other states, including the three that border California.

History Experts

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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.