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Gaming Research Center director honored as “Emerging Leader” in field

By BTL on November 30, 2013 11:28 AM | Permalink

Global Gaming Business magazine, Innovation Gaming, and the American Gaming Association recently honored David G. Schwartz, director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, as an “Emerging Leader.”

Schwartz is part of the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders chronicled in Global Gaming Business’s “40 under 40” series. This new program “identifies young workers and executives in the gaming industry that have made a mark during their early careers,” according to the publication.

Schwartz is an award-winning author and expert frequently quoted in the media. He has written and edited several books and regularly writes columns and features about gaming for local weekly Vegas Seven.

"David has proven to be the most reputable and dependable source in the gaming industry, who takes no sides and projects no bias. He's simply the most honorable and trustworthy researcher in gaming today," said Global Gaming Business publisher Roger Gros.

Schwartz’s academic work, which ranges from historical monographs (Suburban Xanadu: The Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip and Beyond and Cutting the Wire: Gambling Prohibition and the Internet) to biography (Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas) to journal articles on past and current issues in gaming, has been applauded by reviewers for its even-handedness and devotion to painstaking research.

The accolade highlights the central role that the Center for Gaming Research and University Libraries play in collecting and disseminating information about gaming throughout the world, particularly through Schwartz’s outreach efforts and the Center’s website. That Schwartz has taken such a visible role in the industry only validates the importance of the interdisciplinary and collaborative work made possible by the University Libraries’ support of the Center.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders honor, visit