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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

Campus News | November 5, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.

Young student wears a mask while taking notes in a classroom
People | October 27, 2020

13-year-old pursues his fifth degree at UNLV. And he's got some wise advice for his fellow students.

A man sits in front of wall-to-wall bookshelves
People | October 21, 2020

Achievement in Service Award winner Michael Green is UNLV's resident expert in all things Silver State.

UNLV professor Michael Green
Business and Community | October 12, 2020

Snail mail ballots have a long history of success, says UNLV historian Michael Green, so why all the controversy?

student wearing face covering sits on ground, using laptop
Campus News | October 9, 2020

Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.

Roosevelt en route to the dedication of Boulder Dam
Campus News | September 21, 2020

Historian explores the moments that Nevadans have had the greatest influence on national elections.

History In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 3, 2020

Tony Hsieh’s vision for downtown Las Vegas may have evolved over time, but it had always been ambitious.

S&P Global
December 1, 2020

Industries that have long reigned in Nevada, such as its famous gaming sector, have been rocked by the pandemic, burning a hole in the state budget in the process. Seeking to plug a $1.2 billion deficit, state Democratic lawmakers have targeted the mining industry, which has enjoyed a cap on its tax rate as old as the state itself.

November 30, 2020

Commercial air travel has come a long way since the “Golden Age of Travel” — an era marked by glamour, gourmet food and dapper passengers.

Las Vegas Weekly
November 19, 2020

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently issued a request that Nevadans stay home and read books. OK, he really just asked us all to stay home to combat the surging coronavirus. But we might as well make the best of it by reading some great new books. Here’s the latest batch of Nevada-related selection, ready to carry you through the lockdown. What else were you gonna do, make sourdough bread?

Aviation News
November 16, 2020

On the night of November 15, 1964, the Fairchild F-27A , prefix N745L , by Bonanza Air Lines , departed for flight 114, from Phoenix, Arizona, to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on board 26 passengers and three crew.

Reno News & Review
November 16, 2020

There is no evidence that a single Washoe County corpse voted by mail in Nevada’s 2020 election — or, in person, for that matter.

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Recent History Accomplishments

December 1, 2020
Susan Lee Johnson (History) has published a piece on recent controversies over monuments honoring the frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson. It appears in the online magazine We're History. Johnson is the Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West.
November 25, 2020
A. B. Wilkinson (History) published Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom: Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America with the University of North Carolina Press. This book investigates how people of mixed African, European, and Native American heritage (referred to as “mulattoes,” “mustees,” and “mixed bloods”) were integral to the...
November 23, 2020
Jeff Schauer (History) gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association — in virtual form this year. His paper, "Developing the National Herds: The Making of National-Era Wildlife Policy in Zambia, 1964-1974," explored how attempts to imagine a radical repurposing of ecology, debates, and negotiations around overlapping...
November 17, 2020
William Bauer (History, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, American Indian Alliance) participated on a roundtable discussion, "A History of Hops in the Western World" at the second annual Beer Culture Summit, hosted virtually by the Chicago Brewseum. He discussed Indigenous Peoples who worked in the hop industry in Nevada, California, Oregon...
October 27, 2020
Iesha Jackson (Teaching and Learning), Doris L. Watson (Educational Psychology and Higher Education), Marcie Gallo (History), and Claytee White (Oral History Center) gave their second of two peer review presentations on their collaborative project, Digging Deep and Branching Out: Using Oral History and Collaborative Inquiry to Explore Candidate...
October 27, 2020
History Department (Liberal Arts) has received the prestigious 2020 American Historical Association Equity Award. This award is given annually to an individual or institution demonstrating an exceptional record in the recruitment and retention of students and new faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented within the historical...