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Michael Green

Associate Professor, History

Expertise: Nevada, Gaming, Civil War Era, Politics


Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV and teaches classes for both the history department and the Honors College. His courses range throughout U.S. history, but his teaching and research particularly focus on Las Vegas and Nevada history, the Civil War era and Abraham Lincoln, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is the author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State and co-author of Las Vegas:  A Centennial History, among other books and articles about Nevada. He has published three books on the Civil War era, including Lincoln and the Election of 1860 and Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War. He writes "Nevada Yesterdays," read by former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan, for KNPR and Nevada Humanities. He is a columnist for Nevada's Washington Watch and Vegas Seven. He is a member of the board of directors for The Mob Museum, for which he was one of the researchers.



  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Michael Green In The News

Mar 22, 2018

Nevada’s Republican incumbent senator, Dean Heller, is running in a less-competitive primary now that the president pushed out one of his main contenders, Danny Tarkanian. Days after Donald Trump urged Tarkanian to run for a House seat instead of running against Heller, Tarkanian filed to run for Congressional District 3.

Mar 12, 2018

The brothel owner walked through the double doors of the casino ballroom with Paris and Destiny — two sex workers in slinky black dresses — gliding next to him like pilot fish.

Feb 21, 2018

Chill. We’re not talking about the candidates.

Feb 21, 2018

Nevada has had a few cases head to the U.S. Supreme Court over the years. There was once was a sheriff who requested a passenger list from William Crendall – who said no. And that was the spark that led to Nevada’s first Supreme Court case.

Articles Featuring Michael Green

an illustration of televisions around the world tuned to UNLV
Oct 18, 2017
UNLV History

The 2016 Presidential Debate brought UNLV to global prominence.

aerial shot of the university in 1960
Sep 7, 2017
UNLV History

As both a graduate and a history professor, Michael Green has watched UNLV’s growth with some awe. It’s future, he says, will be all the more astonishing.