Michael Green is an associate professor of history in UNLV’s Department of History. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at UNLV and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He teaches history courses and advanced undergraduate seminars for UNLV’s Honors College on nineteenth-century America and on Nevada and Las Vegas.
His books on the Civil War era are Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party during the Civil War (Fordham University Press, 2004), Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War (ABC-CLIO, 2010), and Lincoln and the Election of 1860 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011). He is editing A Companion to Abraham Lincoln as part of the Wiley-Blackwell series of historiography volumes and co-editing Ideas and Movements in American History: From the Bill of Rights to “Occupy Wall Street” as well as “The Idea Exchange” database for ABC-CLIO. His works on Nevada include Las Vegas: A Centennial History (with Eugene Moehring, University of Nevada Press, 2005); Nevada: A Journey of Discovery, a middle school textbook (Gibbs-Smith, 2004); and the oral history of a longtime Nevada attorney and politician, A Liberal Conscience: Ralph Denton, Nevadan (University of Nevada Oral History Program, 2001). He edits the Wilbur S. Shepperson Series on Nevada History for the University of Nevada Press. He is a member of the board of directors and researcher for the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, better known as the Mob Museum, and the Executive Director of both Preserve Nevada and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. The University of Nevada Press published his college-level textbook Nevada: A History of the Silver State in 2015 and he is writing a history of the Great Basin in the twentieth century for the University of Arizona Press.
Green is also active in writing and speaking in the community. He writes “Nevada Yesterdays” for Nevada Humanities and KNPR, and “Inside the Beltway” for a newsletter, Nevada’s Washington Watch. He lives in Las Vegas, but not in Las Vegas (and he can explain why), with his wife, Deborah Young, former director of scholarship and tribute giving at UNLV, in a home owned by their two cats.