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Eadington Gaming Fellow Mark Johnson : In Residence June 19 - July 17

By Su Kim Chung on June 20, 2017 1:15 PM | Permalink

 

Mark R Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. 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.

Telling Tales in Special Collections: Tales from the Pit

By Su Kim Chung on October 20, 2016 9:24 PM | Permalink

 

Tales from the Pit, a new publication edited by David G. Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, inside UNLV Libraries Special Collections (Cover photo by Aaron Mayes, UNLV Special Collections Curator of Visual Materials)

UNLV Libraries Special Collections houses a vast collection of recorded, transcribed and/or digitized oral histories—first-person narratives told by Las Vegas pioneers and residents, some covering events that happened 100 years or more in the past. They are, in a way, self-portraits of people from many professions, cultures and lifestyles who have shared in Las Vegas’ eclectic history. What was it like to live and work near Hoover Dam during its construction? What was life like for a showgirl during the heyday of the Rat Pack? These stories are endlessly fascinating, even if you’re not a historian or researcher!

Eadington Gaming Fellow Paul Franke: In Residence July 19 – August 16

By Su Kim Chung on July 20, 2016 12:00 AM | Permalink

 

Paul Franke is a doctoral candidate in history at the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies and the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His research interests are the history of gaming, urban history, the history of entertainment and pop-culture in both the USA and Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Scott Boylan: In Residence April 10 - April 23

By Su Kim Chung on April 11, 2016 2:29 PM | Permalink

 

Scott Boylan (Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1995) specializes in analyzing risk-taking and decision-making under uncertainty. His published work focuses on how factors such as past history, complexity, and effort affect the amount of risk individuals are willing to take when making tax and financial reporting decisions. Boylan is a professor in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He teaches an elective course on casino accounting and the gaming industry.

Eadington Fellow Danielle Seid: In Residence December 7 - December 21

By Su Kim Chung on December 7, 2015 11:57 AM | Permalink

Special Collections and the Center for Gaming Research welcome our latest Eadington fellow, Danielle Seid. 

Seid is a Doctoral Candidate in English at The University of Oregon where she teaches history of the motion picture. Her interdisciplinary work centers on American media history, race and empire, and queer-feminist discourse. She recently published an article on a literary and filmic trope, “the reveal,” in Transgender Studies Quarterly, and is currently revising an essay on labor, immigration, and transgender identity for publication in 2016.

Eadington Gaming Fellow Jonathan Cohen: In Residence November 9 - December 11

By Su Kim Chung on November 16, 2015 6:44 PM | Permalink

 

The Center for Gaming Research and UNLV Special Collections welcome our latest Eadington Fellow, Jonathan Cohen.

Cohen (MA University of Virginia 2015) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is interested in the relationship of social mobility, economic inequality, and lived religion in the United States. His dissertation examines the rise of state lotteries in the social, political, cultural, economic and religious climate of the late twentieth century, arguing that lotteries represent the product of shifting ideas about hard work, education, wealth, and traditional Christian values. A graduate of McGill University, he is also the managing editor of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies.