Eadington Fellowships in Gaming Research
The application cycle for the 2018-19 academic year is currently open
The Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites interested scholars to apply for the 2018-19 cycle of William R. Eadington fellowships, which facilitate research into many aspects of both gambling and Las Vegas at UNLV Special Collections in the University Libraries.
All Eadington fellows will complete a residency at Special Collections; deliver a public talk (which is recorded as part of the Center’s podcast series); and contribute a brief paper to the Center’s Occasional Paper Series.
All materials must be sent electronically; the first three items should be sent in a single pdf file, with the letter of recommendation sent by the recommender directly to the center’s director, Dr. David G. Schwartz, at email@example.com. Successful applicants will be notified by August 12, 2016.
The Center is currently hosting fellows for the 2017-18 academic year.
Residency: October 9-20
Colleen O'Neill is an associate professor of history at Utah State University and former coeditor of the Western Historical Quarterly. She received her PhD in history from Rutgers University and her publications include: Working the Navajo Way: Labor and Culture in the Twentieth Century and a coedited collection, Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century. She has published her work in The Journal of American History, the New Mexico Historical Review, and Labor History and in edited collections, Indigenous Women and Work: From Labor to Activism, and Indians and Energy: Opportunities and Exploitation. Her current book project, Labor and Sovereignty, examines the changing meaning of wage work for American Indian communities in the twentieth century.
This is an analysis of gaming policy diffusion and gaming rights expansion in both commercial and tribal arenas. Regarding commercial gaming, this paper builds upon policy diffusion literature to examine how gaming policy adoption has evolved over time.
Kim Manh is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Houston, where he earned his Master’s degree in 2017. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University, where he was a President’s Endowed Scholar. His research interests include public policy, policy diffusion, inequality, and immigration. Most recently, he presented his work, “How the House Always Wins: The Impact of Democratic Mechanisms on State Casino Gambling Expansion” at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Manh’s current project is his dissertation, “The Determinants of Gaming Policy Diffusion & Expansion.”
Gaming can be an intellectual challenge, but its morality can be questioned. A young Venetian Jew, Leone Modena, poses this question in a passionate way. During the late Renaissance, in Italy, and all over Europe, the conflict between the intellectual and the moral dimensions of life, and not only of gambling, is a key problem in ethics and in theoretical philosophy. In Leone's work, this conflict finds a wonderful interpretation. The evil and sin of gaming can be seen in a fascinating perspective: the entire life, after all, is a matter of winning, or losing. Life is a matter of reason, and risk.
Paolo L. Bernardini (Genoa, 1963), is Professor of Early Modern European History at the School of Law of Insubria University, in Como, Italy. He is also a Fellow (until 2019) of the "Centro Segre" at the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and an inaugural fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame. He works in Global History, Christian-Jewish Relations, and the History of Political Thought. He received his Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute (Florence) in 1994. Among his latest publications, the collection of essay "Episodes in Early Modern and Modern Christian-Relations: Diasporas, Dogmas, Difference (2016), and, in Italian, "La libertà, per esempio. Questioni mediterranee e idee liberali" [Freedom, for Instance. Mediterranean Issues and Liberal Ideas] (2017), which has been suggested by Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto as "summer read" in the THES (issue of 9 July 2017).
Dana Herrera/Cynthia Van Gilder
Unbeknownst to most visitors, Las Vegas is home to a unique niche tourism: it is overwhelmingly the vacation destination of choice for residents of the state of Hawai’i, even affectionately termed the “Ninth Island.” It is estimated that 1 in 10 residents of Hawai’i visit Las Vegas at least once per year. These Hawaiian travelers to Las Vegas primarily select The California Hotel, nicknamed, “The Cal,” as their preferred sleeping, gambling, eating, and socializing venue. Located near Fremont Street, the exterior of The Cal still reflects its original identity as a California-themed establishment, however, the interior reflects its forty-year history of transformation into a Hawaiian home-away-from-home, with island themed décor, banquet rooms labeled in the Hawaiian language, and multiple eateries offering Hawaiian favorites. In this presentation, we look at the “tourist imaginary” created at The Cal through an examination of the hotel’s history and built environment. Our recent research in the Lied Library Special Collections and Archives provide a context for understanding the relationship between the Boyd Gaming Corporation, which developed and owns The California Hotel, and its Hawaiian gaming clientele.
Cynthia Van Gilder earned her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she researched the sociopolitics of Polynesian archaeology, ethnic identity, and narratives of cultural heritage. Since joining the Anthropology faculty at St. Mary’s College of California, Van Gilder has published on gender and household archaeology in Hawai’i, the use of practice theory in archaeology, and the anthropology of tourism. This “Hawaiian Vegas” research builds on her long-standing interests in how narratives of cultural identity are constructed, experienced, and maintained, particularly in ethnically diverse Hawai’i.
Dana R. Herrera earned her MA and PhD from the University of California, Davis, where she conducted ethnographic research on the intersections of race, gender, and religion with political affiliation in the Philippines. Since joining the Anthropology faculty at St. Mary’s College of California, her research has included identity construction in online gaming communities, the Filipino diaspora in Central Europe, and the anthropology of tourism. This “Hawaiian Vegas” project builds on her long-standing interests in the economics of tourism and globalized patterns of ethnic migration/movement, particularly among diverse Asian communities.
Michelle L. Malkin is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Michelle holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Michelle’s research interests include gambling motivated crime; queer criminology; women’s experiences in the criminal justice system; and convict criminology. Michelle is currently conducting a research study on the consequences of gambling addiction and intends to expand the study to focus on those convicted of gambling motived crimes to better assess their experiences in the criminal justice system and the criminal consequences of gambling addiction.
Tim Simpson is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Macau, where he has worked since 2001. He is the co-author (with UK-based photographer Roger Palmer) of the volume Macao Macau (Black Dog Publishing, 2015), and editor of the book Tourist Utopias: Offshore Islands, Enclave Spaces and Mobile Imaginaries (Amsterdam University Press, 2017). He is currently working on a monograph, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, entitled Macau: Casino Capitalism and the Biopolitical Metropolis.
2016-17 Eadington Fellows
Residency November 9-18, 2016
Colloquium Talk: January 25, 3 PM, “Promoting Las Vegas: Stories and Strategies of Casino Press Releases.”
Jessalynn R. Strauss is an assistant professor of strategic communications at Elon University. Her research addresses corporate social responsibility and public relations in the casino industry and particularly in the city of Las Vegas, NV. Her book “Challenging Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons for Public Relations from the Casino Industry” was published by Routledge in 2015.
Strauss’s research will examine the press releases available in the Publicity and Promotions archive of the Gaming Collection. Her talk will tell a story that opens windows onto the history of casinos in Las Vegas and how they evolved into legitimate business endeavors and investments.
Mark R Johnson
Residency June 17 to July 17, 2017
Colloquium Talk: July 14, 2017, 3 PM, “The Social Construction of the Professional Gambler”
Mark R Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Science & Technology Studies Unit at the University of York. His research focuses on professional gameplay of all kinds - video games, gambling games, board games - and numerous other topics within "game studies". He's currently working on his first monograph with Bloomsbury Academic, entitled "The Unpredictability of Gameplay". He is also a former professional poker player, a multiple video game world record holder, an independent game developer, and a freelance games writer.
During this fellowship, Johnson will be investigating the depictions and portrayals of professional gamblers over the last few decades. He is particularly interested in the tension between concepts of "professionalism" - reliable, regular, income - and "gambling" - most often understood as quite the opposite - in constructing and relating the life stories and career paths of those "professional gamblers."
Residency: July 16- August 11, 2017
Colloquium Talk: August 4, 2017, 2 PM, “A History of Play in Print: Paper Games from Cards to Candyland”
Kelli Wood is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of the History of Art at the University of Michigan and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows. In 2016 Wood received her PhD from the University of Chicago and she is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, The Art of Play: Games in Early Modern Italy. Wood’s research has generously been supported by several fellowships and institutions, including as a Fulbright Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut and as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In addition to her work on early modern art, her interests include game studies and its history in visual and material culture, including video games.
During her time as an Eadington Resident Fellow, Wood’s research will utilize primary printed sources from the sixteenth century and secondary sources relating to the historiography of playing cards as material objects. This work will found the basis for her talk, “A History of Play in Print: Paper Games from Cards to Candyland,” a transhistorical look at the evolution from Renaissance cards to modern board games and what they tell us about how we play with storytelling, imagination, and chance.
Residency September 2-16, 2017
Colloquium Talk: September 8, 2017, 2 PM, “Praying and Gambling”
Massimo Leone is Professor of Semiotics, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy and Director of the MA Program in Communication Studies at the same University. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena, and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH). His work focuses on semiotics, semiotic of culture, and visual semiotics.
During his two-week fellowship, Leone will study early modern and modern materials bearing on the relation between Christianity and gaming, as well as on secular attempts at gambling moralization.
At UNLV Special Collections, Kupfer will conduct research illuminating the relationship between sports media and cultural memory. To do so, he will examine print and audiovisual materials related to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and Benny Binion, owner of the Horseshoe Casino. He intends to show how the broadcasts of the WSOP since the tournament began in 1970 constructed an idealized history of poker, gaming culture, Binion, and Las Vegas for multiple generations of television viewers.
Kupfer’s Colloquium talk, “The Biggest Game on TV: Benny Binion, the WSOP, and the Nostalgic Construction of Poker’s Past,” is scheduled for Monday, November 16, at 3 PM.
At UNLV Special Collections, Cohen will examine sources which will provide insight into the operation of American state lotteries. His research will focus on lotteries' promotional materials, trade journals such as Public Gaming and Lottery Line, as well records of corporations in the lottery industry. Cohen anticipates that these sources will reveal how the industry thinks about lottery players as well as the role of government regulation in the expansion of lottery advertisements and sales.
Cohen's Colloquium talk, "'This Could Be Your Ticket Out': Social Mobility in the Age of Jackpot Capitalism" is scheduled for December 3rd, 2015, at 3 PM.
While in residency at UNLV Special Collections, Seid will conduct research for a chapter of her dissertation on a singing girl group from Korea, The Kim Sisters, who performed in Las Vegas throughout the 1960s. Drawing from the collection’s scrapbooks, entertainment reviews, photographs, and a recorded interview with one of the group’s members, she will both reconstruct this largely forgotten popular culture history and theorize its significance for our understanding of race, gender, and American media in the postwar era.
Seid’s Colloquium talk, “Forgotten Femmes, Forgotten War: The Kim Sisters’ Dis-Appearance from American Screen and Scene,” is scheduled for December 21, 2015, at 3 PM.
While in residence, he will utilize UNLV Special Collections materials for a research project that investigates how casino revenue generated from table games and slots has evolved over time. More specifically, he will gather and analyze quantitative revenue data from Nevada reporting jurisdictions -- dating back to the mid-1970s. In addition, he will examine promotional material from slot machine manufacturers as well as gaming industry trade journals in order to assess the degree to which industry stakeholders address advances in gaming technology and its potential effects on player behavior.
Boylan’s colloquium talk, “The Evolution of Gaming Revenue in Nevada,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 3 PM.
Franke’s current project is his dissertation “The Production of Monaco (1860-1960) and Las Vegas (1945-1976) as Sites of (Un)Moral Economies.” The project will shed light on the production process of the unique gaming experience in both places, via the historical analysis of spatial arrangements, business models, advertisements, the involved workforce, and gaming practices in a comparative perspective.
Franke’s Colloquium talk, “The Making of the Las Vegas Consumption Experience in a Historical Perspective,” is scheduled for August 15, 2016, at 3 PM.
The Center for Gaming Research is pleased to announce its 2014-15 class of Eadington Fellows. A description of each Fellow, with a summary of their intended research and the date and title of their talk, follows. (pdf version here)
Using a collection of images that were taken to evaluate the potential of locations to meet the needs of a 90s film script, she plans to continue her research of the evident traces and liminal space of American culture in transition through these displaced artifacts that present a more dimensional picture of Las Vegas as compared to mainstream media, albeit one that is still incomplete and imbued with the complexity of ownership and purpose.
Borg’s Colloquium lecture, "Scouted: An Inadvertent Archive from the Search for a Cinematic Vegas," is scheduled for January 15, 2015, at 3 PM.
While at the UNLV Special Collections, Arnold will utilize the Katherine Spilde Papers on Tribal Gaming, for a new research project, A History of Indian Gaming: The First Forty Years. Within the Spilde papers she is particularly interested in testimonies, conference and meetings proceedings, and impact studies related to Indian gaming. Indian gaming both reinforces and limits tribal sovereignty. When considering tribal gaming, Native communities contemplate questions related to tribal identity and tribal cultural practices, and weigh potentially negative impacts on identity and culture against the possibility of economic success. She anticipates that items within the Spilde collection will illustrate some of these discussions and consequently enhance understanding of Native American community perspectives on tribal gaming.
Her Colloquium talk, "Indian Gaming, American Anxiety" is scheduled for March 18, 2015, at 3 PM.
According to Hunt, Romans gambled on everything—from papal elections and the promotion of cardinals to the outcome of tennis matches and card games. His project focuses on the “culture of gambling” in Renaissance Rome, starting by continuing work on an article about gambling on papal elections. From there, he will examine the role of gambling in the cultural life of Papal Rome. Despite the fulminations of preachers and the bulls of stern popes, Romans of all ranks gleefully played cards, diced, and wagered on papal elections. While in residency, he plans to examine several Italian-language treatises from the 1500s and 1600s.
Hunt’s Colloquium talk, “Betting on the Triple Crown: Wagering on Papal Elections in Renaissance Rome,” is scheduled for April 15, 2015, at 3 PM.
In seeking to illuminate the ways in which inchoate models of addiction emerged alongside the unprecedented popularity of gambling in Stuart London, this project will explore the intersections between a rudimentary pathology of addiction and transformations in the epistemology of reason, the passions, and humoral psychology in the seventeenth century. By exploring the connections between endogenous and exogenous categories of mental illness, this study will examine the ways in which medicine, social expectations, and religion intersected in the seventeenth century alongside the historical relationship between evolving concepts of mental illness, stigma and the politics of blame and responsibility in the early modern period.
Chamberland’s colloquium talk, titled, “An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London,” is scheduled for May 14, 2015, at 3 PM.
Within UNLV Special Collections, Steinberg will conduct research for an article-length project examining aspects of chance and risk that informed the artistic production of Los Angeles artists who frequented Las Vegas in the 1960s. Culling from the Publicity and Promotional material of various institutions including the Desert Inn, the Golden Nugget, the Stardust, and the Sands, as well as documentary photographs and the collection of How-To publications, Steinberg will reconstruct the visual culture that influenced the artworks of several California-based artists.
Steinberg’s Colloquium talk, “Engagements with Chance and Risk: Los Angeles-based artists looking to Las Vegas in the Post-War Era,” is scheduled for June 30, 1015, at 3 PM.
UNLV has been awarding gaming fellowships since 2007. Here are the past fellows.
The official announcement from the UNLV News Center
A cultural historian with a background in Classics and Art History, Richard has held teaching and research posts at universities including Newcastle and Glasgow, and has published on Greek drama and French revolutionary art. He has also co-curated exhibitions in both of these fields.
Currently Richard is working on genetic criticism of Erle Stanley Gardner’s A.A. Fair novels, arising from study of the manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, as a visiting Research Fellow in 2011-12, and has given presentations on this work at a number of recent international conferences.
Symposium Talk: Thursday, May 30, 3 PM
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Why he’s coming: “I am interested in researching Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels with Las Vegas settings; archival material from Binion’s casino concerning the early years of the World Series of Poker.”
Symposium Talk: Tuesday, March 18, 3 PM
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Why she’s coming:
Robert W. Miller
Robert Miller is a doctoral candidate in Modern European History at the University of Kansas, under the direction of Dr. Chris Forth. He received degrees in History, Sociology, and Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Kansas. His research interests include histories of travel, tourism, culture, and consumption. He is primarily a historian of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also conducts research in international history. Mr. Miller’s current project is his dissertation “Constructing a Spatial Imaginary: The Formation and Re-presentation of Monte Carlo as a Vacation-Leisure Paradise, 1854-1970.” The project centers on the way in which casino concessionaires and civic planners established an imaginary of elite, cosmopolitan luxury surrounding the casino-resort of Monte Carlo, and the way in which visitors to the city (and popular culture) perpetuated or changed such an imaginary.
Symposium talk: March 21, 2014, 3 PM
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Why he’s coming:
Symposium Talk: Thursday March 27th, 3 PM
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Why he’s coming:
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Stefan Al is a Dutch architect, urban designer, and Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania. In his career to date, Al has worked on renowned architectural projects such as the 2,000-feet high Canton Tower in Guangzhou, the preservation of world heritage in Latin America at the World Heritage Center of UNESCO, and an 11,000-acre new eco-friendly city in India.
Symposium Talk: Thursday May 15, 3 PM
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Why he’s coming:
Dr Beverly Geesin is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the York St John University Business School. Her doctoral thesis, recently completed in Sociology at the University of York and entitled ‘Resistance to Surveillance in Everyday Life’, examines contemporary forms of surveillance and develops a theoretical framework for understanding individual practices of resistance with a focus on everyday life, urban space and consumption. This follows a MA in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland. Beverly’s current research examines how surveillance becomes normalized through consumption and the relationship between surveillance and urban renewal.
Colloquium: “‘Surveillance and the Marketing of Vice”
David J. Hart
Hart joined WTAMU during the 2007 fall semester after receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Georgia. Previously, he completed his B.A. and M.A. in English at UGA and a B.A. in religious studies at Georgia State University. Hart regularly teaches courses in both philosophy and English, as well as directing the University Writing Center, and has consulted for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. His primary research interests are early modern thought, the history of empiricism, and the intersections of philosophy and literature. Forthcoming publications include a philosophical essay on sovereignty (The Remnant Review), as well as literary essays on James Joyce (James Joyce Quarterly) and J. L. Borges (Variaciones Borges). Recent funded research includes work at the Leo Strauss Archive at the University of Chicago.
Colloquium: “An Illegitimate Child: Epilepsy, Gambling, and the Birth of Probability”
Diana Tracy Cohen
Talk: “Advertising Parenting in Las Vegas: An Analysis of Time and Space”
Stephen C. Andrade
Talk: “Visual Metaphor in Games of Chance - What You See is What You Play”
David T. Courtwright
Colloquium: "Learning from Las Vegas: Addiction, Limbic Capitalism, and Pleasure Meccas"
Read the press release (pdf) about the 2011-12 fellows..
Lecture: "Taming Vice: How Machines and Architecture Changed the Culture of Gambling" Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Lecture: ""Neon Beyond the Neon: The Geography of Locals Casinos" Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Lecutre: "“'Dark with Excessive Bright'”: Gambling Tells and the Naming Taboo" Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Benjamin Min Han
Lecture: “We’re Right Next Door’: Televisual Las Vegas in Cold War America” Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Lecture: Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Paper: Pascale Nedelec. “Urban Dynamics in the Las Vegas Valley: Neighborhood Casinos and Sprawl,” Occasional Paper Series 4. Las Vegas: Center for Gaming Research, University Libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2010.
Lecture: Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Paper: Theodor Gordon. “Nation, Corporation, or Family? Tribal Casino Employment and the Transformation of Tribes,” Occasional Paper Series 5. Las Vegas: Center
Laura Cook Kenna, Ph.D.
Lecture:Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Paper: Laura Cook Kenna. “The Promise of Gangster Glamour: Sinatra, Vegas, and Alluring, Ethnicized, Excess," Occasional Paper Series 6. Las Vegas: Center for Gaming Research, University Libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2010.
Jacob Avery Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D Candidate)
Lecture: Listner to the audio file (mp3)
Nicholas Tosney, Ph.D. History, University of York (UK)
Lecture:Listen to the audio file (mp3)
Cristina Turdean History, University of Delaware (Ph.D Candidate)
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The Gaming Fellowship Program began in 2007 with funding from UNLV University Libraries. In the first awards cycle, five applicants were chosen for month-long residencies. They were:
Dr. Stewart Ethier, mathematics
Jane Haigh, history
Dr. Larry Gragg, history | read occasional paper: "The Powerful Mythology Surrounding Bugsy Siegel" (pdf)
Dr. Matt Johnson, history
Dr. Jessica Cattelino, anthropology
About the Eadington Fellowships
Awarded since 2007 and renamed in honor of William R. Eadington in 2013, the Eadington Fellowships are intended to foster scholarship focused on gambling issues and to encourage the use of the rare and unique collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
William R. Eadington (1946-2013) pioneered the academic study of gambling. He was the first holder of the Philip J. Satre chair in Gaming Studies, a professor of economics, and founding director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
Over his four decades of work, Eadington became an internationally recognized authority on the legalization and regulation of commercial gambling, the economic and social impacts of gaming and a consultant and adviser to state and provincial governments, Native American tribes, and private sector organizations throughout the world. He was perhaps the single most influential person in establishing the academic study of the gaming industry, both in Nevada and worldwide.
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