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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 group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus News | September 25, 2019

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.

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.

elephant reaching into tree
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.

image of desert mountains
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.

History In The News

Leafly
October 11, 2019

Two Ukrainian associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested on Wednesday night and charged with funneling foreign money into US elections, an illegal activity. The headlines have been dominated by the pair’s alleged donations to a pro-Trump super PAC last year, but there’s another charge hidden in the indictment that has left some in the cannabis industry—and many in the state of Nevada—scratching their heads.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 7, 2019

When the Great Recession hit Las Vegas, its economy didn’t just drop. It nosedived.

The Spokesman-Review
October 2, 2019

After mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington.

Fortune
October 2, 2019

After mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington.

Quad-City Times
October 2, 2019

After back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington.

Associated Press
October 2, 2019

After mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington.

History Experts

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Finding the intersection of the end of British colonial rule in African and how it affected wildlife conservation.
An expert in Nevada, Civil War, and gaming 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.

Recent History Accomplishments

September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the...
September 25, 2019
​Jeff Schauer (History) delivered a public lecture at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The lecture, titled "Operation Noah: Conservation, Development, and Colonialism on the Zambezi," explored the long-term consequences on regional, national, and global scales of constructing the Kariba Dam in southern Africa for wildlife populations and...
August 26, 2019
Joanne Goodwin (History) had a recent article, "Nevada's Campaigns for Woman Suffrage," published in the journal Western Legal History: The Journal of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.  The article is included in a special issue on woman suffrage in the West. The western states were the first in the country to end gender...
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...