Bo Bernhard was named executive director of the International Gaming Institute (IGI) at the UNLV Harrah Hotel College. IGI is a nonprofit academic center that offers research and educational programs for the global gaming industry. Bernhard’s award-winning body of research has spanned more than 15 years and has been widely cited by academic, industry and governmental institutions. He has directed more than $1 million in grant funded research projects, on subjects ranging from the socio-economic impacts of gaming industries to biological drivers of gambling behavior to Internet gaming policy.
Bernhard began his research career at Harvard University, with an undergraduate thesis on the community impacts of the gaming and tourism industries in Nevada. He then came to UNLV to earn his Ph.D. and soon extended his analysis to global perspectives. In 2002, Bernhard was named the inaugural research director at the IG and has earned several awards including the 2007 World Affairs Council’s International Educator of the Year award for his focus on globalization. In 2008, Bernhard was named the UNLV Harrah Hotel College’s Boyd Distinguished Professorship for Research as the top researcher in the college.