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Campus News | January 5, 2021

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.

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People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

Research | November 13, 2020

UNLV students share their stories in a thought-provoking Brookings podcast series exploring immigration in the U.S.

Campus News | November 5, 2020

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

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Research | October 15, 2020

UNLV research team explores the population and politics of 13 swing states, pushing beyond the old blue state-red state model and painting a new picture where changing suburbs influence outcomes.

Brookings Mountain West In The News

Las Vegas Sun
January 22, 2021

As lawmakers discuss how to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for his role in inciting an attack on the heart of democracy, President Joe Biden must prioritize solving the broader issues that increasingly plague our nation: right-wing terrorism and white supremacy.

January 6, 2021

Two UNLV professors find little to like about a Pahrump attorney's call to create a new state out of rural Nevada--excluding Clark County and Las Vegas.

January 6, 2021

Two UNLV professors find little to like about a Pahrump attorney's call to create a new state out of rural Nevada--excluding Clark County and Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 4, 2021

The 2020 census will not add a congressional seat to Nevada’s delegation, but steady population growth and increased representation for neighboring states forecast the possibility of greater political influence in the near future.

Las Vegas Sun
December 28, 2020

Empty stages. Spotlights collecting dust. The fate of live entertainment in Las Vegas, one of the city’s most prominent industries, is yet again a high wire act.

Nevada Current
December 23, 2020

The complex Nevada economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession can be explained by one letter of the alphabet – the letter K. The “K-shaped recovery” describes how white-collar jobs are able to prosper during the COVID-19 pandemic, while blue-collar workers are forced out of the labor market or subjected to unsafe working conditions for minimal compensation. Those on the upper half of a K distribution recover at a much quicker pace than those on the lower half. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sectors on the upper half of the K include technology, retail, and software services; sectors on the lower half include hospitality, travel, and food services.

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Recent Brookings Mountain West Accomplishments

January 25, 2021
Kristian Thymianos (Political Science, The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West) and Joe Bradly, '20 BA Interdisciplinary Studies, recently co-authored an OpEd in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "Right-wing Terrorism has Become a Defining Issue." Thymianos and Bradly discuss recent events involving right-wing terrorism and provide suggestions on how...
January 22, 2021
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and William Brown (Brookings Mountain West) collaborated with SRI International and RGC Economics on "Nevada's Plan for Recovery & Resliance," which was released by the Nevada governor's office of economic development as part of Gov. Steve Sisolak'...
January 6, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her OpEd, "Clark County deserves a bigger slice of pizza" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Gilbertson proposes a long term solution to the recovery of Las Vegas' most prominent industry, live entertainment. Her piece discusses how Clark County should receive...
January 5, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) and Eshaan Vakil (Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently published an op-ed in the Nevada Current titled "Not an L, not a V, not a Nike swoosh: Nevada’s K-shaped recovery" Their piece discusses the difference in economic recovery between white-collar jobs ...
December 8, 2020
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) was awarded the Best Lightning Talk Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for her excellence in research during the fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (OUR). Her research on The...
December 8, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which was held virtually. Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute supported several student researchers who were selected to participate, including: Vanessa Booth who presented Bridging the Gap Between Drug Treatment &...