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David G. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Office: FDH 165
Mail Code: 1001
Phone: 702-895-2242
Email: ombuds@unlv.edu


David G. Schwartz, Ph.D., has served as a faculty member at UNLV since 2001, earning tenure in 2006 and promotion to full professor in 2013. In addition to his current administrative role, he is also an affiliate professor in the Department of History.

From 2019 to May 2021, Schwartz served as Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, where he provided support around faculty tenure and promotion, shared governance, and related issues.

Prior to serving as associate vice provost, Schwartz was director of the Center for Gaming Research within University Libraries. In this role from 2001 to 2018, he was responsible for administering the Center’s Eadington Faculty Fellowship program, managing the growth of the Gaming Collection, and serving as publisher of the interdisciplinary UNLV Gaming Press.

Schwartz has written seven and edited or co-edited four books in his area of specialty, gaming history, and serves on several state and local groups, including the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee and the advisory boards of the Museum of Gambling History and the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (Mob Museum).  His research interests include the histories of gambling, gaming, and games, tourism, and conflict resolution. He has been, since 2020, the Executive Director of the Far West Popular Culture Association, and in that role is enthusiastic about supporting the study of popular culture, particular where it touches on the American West and, more specifically, Las Vegas.

At UNLV, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the colleges of Liberal Arts, Law, Honors, and Hospitality and been actively involved with Nevada Promise, McNair Scholars, and other student mentoring groups. He has also served on various campus committees, including chairing the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Schwartz received his bachelor’s in anthropology and history and master’s degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in United States history from UCLA.

Research Interests

Gambling, gaming, and games; urban history; Las Vegas and Nevada history; cultural history; Western history; video games; casinos; higher education; faculty satisfaction and advancement

Email Info

For all Ombuds-related communications, including requests for a meeting, requests for a presentation, and questions about the scope of Ombuds services: ombuds@unlv.edu

For all external (non-UNLV) communications and any internal communications related to Dr. Schwartz's teaching, scholarly, or service interests: david.schwartz@unlv.edu.