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.
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 in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library, UNLV campus.