Schwartz, an Atlantic City native who worked at a few casinos, including the Trump Taj Mahal, began his formal study of gambling history while getting his Ph.D. in United States History from the University of California, Los Angeles; his dissertation considered the rise of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip within its national context.
Since arriving at UNLV in 2001, Schwartz has written or edited nine books about gambling.
Schwartz is also a regular contributor to Vegas Seven magazine. As gaming and hospitality editor, he writes the bi-weekly “Green Felt Journal” column about the city’s gaming scene and pens frequent feature stories.
His non-fiction writing has won multiple Nevada Press Association awards, and he was named the 2014 Trippies Las Vegas Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the study of gambling and Las Vegas—and perhaps his tasty artisanal nut butters. In his neighborhood, he is more widely appreciated for his macaroons.
For more information about Dr. Schwartz, visit his website: www.dgschwartz.com