The UNLV University Libraries Center for Gaming Research has announced that four researchers have been selected as 2018-2019 Eadington Fellows in the UNLV Center for Gaming Research.
This year’s fellows include Dorothy Barenscott, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history and theory in Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Yale Belanger, professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge, Martin Harris, adjunct associate professor teaching in the American Studies program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Brian Nussbaum, assistant professor of homeland security and cybersecurity in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the University at Albany.
Barenscott, who will conduct her residency in UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives on April 15-29, 2019, is an art historian whose interdisciplinary research relates to the interplay between urban space and emerging technology and media forms in the articulation of a range of modern and postmodern identities. Her research will explore how fine art was used to rebrand and redefine Las Vegas casino resorts in the 1990s by examining the designers, architects, and art historians who assisted corporate leaders in bringing fine art to the Strip.
Belanger, who will conduct his residency May 6-31, 2019, is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, author of the book Gambling with the Future, and editor of First Nations Gaming in Canada. His research will explore how tribal community leaders originally envisioned utilizing gaming revenues to fund cultural investments such as language retention or elders’ programs, and whether they and their fellow community members assigned cultural investments a greater value than economic investments.
Harris, who will conduct his residency on Oct. 8-19, has researched and written extensively about poker, including contributing features for multiple publications and reporting on major poker tournaments and players around the world. His book, Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, will be published during the 2019 World Series of Poker. His research will explore how poker has influenced numerous aspects of American culture from the early 19th century to the present day, covering politics, warfare, business, law, and technology.
Nussbaum, who will conduct his residency from Jan. 3-16, 2019, is an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a fellow of the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America. His research interests focus on state and local government homeland security and cybersecurity efforts and issues. During his time at UNLV University Libraries, he will be studying how innovations in the gaming industry to protect physical and cyber security of gaming facilities could be applied to other industries, like water utilities, schools, or transportation hubs.
Eadington Fellowships foster scholarship focused on gambling issues and encourage the use of the rare and unique collections housed in Special Collections and Archives at UNLV University Libraries. Each fellow completes an onsite residency in Special Collections and Archives, deliver a public colloquium which is recorded as part of the center’s podcast series, and contribute a brief paper to the center’s Occasional Paper Series.
Since 2007, 53 researchers from across the globe have completed fellowships through the UNLV Center for Gaming Research. In 2013, the fellowships were renamed in honor of William R. Eadington, who pioneered the academic study of gambling, both in Nevada and worldwide. 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.
For more information about the Eadington Fellowships, past research, and the UNLV Center for Gaming Research, visit http://gaming.unlv.edu/. All presentations are held in the Goldfield Room at Lied Library and are free and open to the public.