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David G. Schwartz, Director



David G. Schwartz, the Director of the Center, has been at the University of Nevada Las Vegas since 2001. He is also a part-time instructor in the UNLV Department of History

Dr. Schwartz is fascinated by the history and current development of gambling, and the history of the cities of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He enjoys sharing what he learns through his writing and his speaking.

He has written several books about gambling and history, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling and, in addition to his work at UNLV, is also the Gaming and Hospitality editor for Vegas Seven magazine.

As a speaker, he talks to a variety of audiences, from visiting classes to convention groups, who enjoy his wide-ranging, fast-paced introduction to casino topics, including his "Seven Things You Should Know About Casinos" presentation.

Born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schwartz earned his bachelor's degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania before seeking his doctorate in US History from UCLA.

David G. Schwartz
David G, Schwartz

In early 2000, Schwartz became the youngest Ph.D. in recent memory from UCLA's history department, filing his dissertation and receiving his Ph.D. at the age of 26.  His dissertation, Suburban Xanadu, charted the evolution of the casino industry on the Las Vegas Strip from 1945-1978.  It is now a published book, the first of several currently available.

After completing his graduate studies, Schwartz worked in the surveillance department of an Atlantic City casino resort and taught casino history, communications, and hospitality courses as an adjunct professor, before coming to UNLV. In his current work, he combines his "real world" experience in the casino industry with his academic expertise to gain a unique perspective.

Schwartz has taught classes in the Honors College and College of Hotel Administration at UNLV, and currently teaches in the Department of History. His courses include HIS 101 (United States History, Colonial Period to 1877) and HIS 102 (United States History, 1877-present).

For more information about Dr. Schwartz's creative and professional activities, including his speaking and writing, visit his website:

Written Work

Schwartz's books include Suburban Xanadu: The Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip and Beyond, Cutting the Wire: Gaming Prohibition and the Internet, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas.

Suburban Xanadu is a look at how casinos began and developed on the Las Vegas Strip in the years after World War II, and how they changed late 20th century ideas of gambling.

Cutting the Wire looks at how the Wire Act, the culimation of a half-century's effort to contain interstate bookmaking, ended up being used to prosecute legal online sportsbooks in the early years of the Internet.

Roll the Bones is a comprehensive history of gambling, from the dawn of civilization to roughly 2 AM, April 28, 2005, incorporating cards, dice, lotteries, horseracing, and several other forms of gambling.

The Casino Edition, released in 2013, focuses on the development of casino gaming and brings the story up to date (as of January 2013).

Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas is about the life of Jay Sarno, who built Caesars Palace and Circus Circus and inspired modern Las Vegas.

He is also co-editor (with Pauliina Raento) of Gambling, Space and Time: Shifting Boundaries and Culture, a collection of essays published by by the University of Nevada Press in 2011 and edited and contributed a chapter to Frontiers in Chance: Gaming Research Across the Disciplines, a collection of essays culled from the Occasional Paper Series of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV.

He is the Gaming and Hospitality editor of Vegas Seven magazine.In that capacity, Schwartz pens the bi-weekly "Green Felt Journal" gaming and tourism column and occasional essays and feature articles. You can see an index of his work here.

From 2005 to 2012, Schwartz wrote a biweekly opinion column for the Las Vegas Business Press. You can see an index of his columns here. For Casino Connection, Schwartz wrote a monthly Atlantic City history column from 2003 to 2011. You can see an index of his work here.

To learn more, and for an in-depth list of publications, see Dr. Schwartz's full Curriculum Vitae.

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