Over his twenty-year career examining problem gambling issues facing the global gaming industry, Dr. Bo Bernhard has worked on all six inhabited continents and in more than 50 jurisdictions overall. He began his research career during his years as an undergraduate at Harvard University, where he authored a double-major magna cum laude thesis on gambling behavior.
In his current role as Executive Director at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, he has delivered over 200 keynote addresses to global government, industry, regulatory, and policy leaders, and his work has been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and major national news networks in Canada, Australia, and throughout Asia. He has published in the top journals in both the business sciences (including Cornell Quarterly) and the social sciences (including a guest edited special volume of American Behavioral Scientist), and he currently serves as Executive Editor for a leading peer-reviewed gaming journal, Gaming Research and Review. In 2013, he took over the leadership of the gambling research field’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious international research conference, the International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, an event founded in 1974 by Dr. Bernhard’s mentor, Dr. Bill Eadington.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Bernhard’s teaching and research work has earned him several awards: he won the inaugural Nevada Council on Problem Gambling Shannon Bybee Award in honor of his problem gambling research; the UNLV Barrick Scholar Award, awarded to the top young researcher at the university; the World Affairs Council’s International Educator of the Year award for his classroom focus on gaming’s globalization; the UNLV Spanos Award (given to the university’s top teacher); the UNLV Hotel College’s Boyd Distinguished Professorship for Research (awarded to the college’s top researcher); the UNLV Presidential Research Award (given to the university’s top researchers); the Ace Denken Award for career excellence in research; and he was awarded one of the inaugural fellowships at both the Brookings Institution’s Mountain West Institute and the UNLV CoRE (Collaborative Research and Education) initiative. This past year, he was given the prestigious Satre Chair for Gaming Studies at both the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.