Our Faculty



Deirdre Clemente – Director

Deirdre Clemente is a historian and curator of twentieth-century material culture. In sister courses H. 749 and H.750, Clemente directs students on projects that have ranged from digital archiving to historic preservation at a 1930s ranch to a large-scale costume exhibition at The Mob Museum. She is the author of Dress Casual: How College Kids Redefined American Style (UNC Press, 2014), and the forthcoming book, East Coast/West Coast: A History of the American Fashion Industry. She is an active member of the National Council for Public History. Dr. Clemente’s work has been profiled in The New York Times,  The Washington Post, NPR’s Marketplace, The Atlantic, CNN Money, The Financial Times, Business Insider, The Wall Street JournalGQ, and Harper’s Bazaar. An expert on 1920s culture and clothing, Clemente served as a historical consultant for Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. For more on her work, visit www.deirdreclemente.com.


Michael Green – Associate Director

Michael Green is an associate professor of history. In addition to his work on the 19th century, he writes and talks a lot about Nevada and Las Vegas–in books, in columns and free-lance articles for various publications, as a member of the board of directors and longtime researcher/consultant for the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (aka The Mob Museum), as a contributor to a variety of museum exhibits, and as a speaker on a variety of Nevada- and Las Vegas-related topics.


Andy Kirk – Chair,
Department of History

Andy Kirk’s research and teaching focus on the intersections of cultural and environmental history in the modern U.S. with a special interest in the American West. He is the author of Counterculture Green (2007), American Horizons (3rd Ed., 2018), Collecting Nature (2002) and Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing (Oxford, 2017). In public history, he specializes in cooperative federal and regional research partnerships bringing environmental and cultural history research to project. He was one of the founders of Preserve Nevada a statewide cultural research and preservation group. Preserve Nevada’s advocacy efforts linking cultural preservation and environmental sustainability have been featured in publications including; The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Preservation Magazine, Public History News, Docomomo-US, Preservation Forum, and The Chicago Tribune. For more see, Andy Kirk's Web Page 

Affiliated Faculty


William Bauer

William (Willy) Bauer is a professor of history. Bauer (Wailacki and Concow of the Round Valley Indian Tribes) grew up on the Round Valley Reservation in northern California. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He joined the UNLV faculty in 2009. Dr. Bauer offers classes on California Indian, American Indian, and American West history and a graduate course on American Indians and museums. He is also UNLV’s faculty liaison to the Newberry Library’s Consortium. Bauer is currently writing a survey of California Indian history.


Greg Hise, Emeritus 

Greg Hise studies metropolitan economies and the politics of land use in order to better understand the social life of cities. After completing a doctorate in architectural history at UC Berkeley Hise joined the faculty at USC , and came to UNLV in 2008. He teaches courses and colloquia examining urbanization in the Pacific World, the geography of Civil Rights, digital humanities, and philosophy of history Hise is a frequent contributor to documentaries, historic preservation projects, and museum programs including co-curation of an online exhibit, “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and Metropolitan Los Angeles”, part of a multi-institutional effort to document “Los Angeles Architecture, 1940-1990.” Fellowship and grant support from the Huntington Library, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Getty Foundation, and the Center for Historical Analysis (Rutgers University) has supported past and current projects.


Marcia Gallo

Marcia M. Gallo teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on race, gender and sexuality, as well as oral history and public history. She published her first book, the prizewinning Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movements, in 2006 (Carroll & Graf); it was reissued in 2007 (Seal Press). In 2015, Gallo published “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy(Cornell University Press), which examines the story of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, whose rape and murder in Queens, New York in 1964 became an international symbol of urban decay. She served as President of the Southwest Oral History Association for 2015-17. 


Joanne Goodwin

Joanne Goodwin’s research and teaching interests are in 20th century U.S. history with a specialization in women and gender history. Since coming to Las Vegas, Goodwin has become involved in writing histories of women who have helped to build this community. To that end, she has worked with others to create the Nevada Women's Archive at UNLV; she directs the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project; and she has served as the director of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada, a state-wide program. These activities provide opportunities for graduate students to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

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Noria Litaker

Noria Litaker is a cultural historian who specializes in early modern religious history and material culture with a focus on German-speaking lands. She is currently revising her dissertation -“Embodied Faith: Whole-Body Catacomb Saints in the Duchy of Bavaria, 1598-1803” - for publication as a monograph. The project examines the transfer of whole-body catacomb saints from Rome to the Duchy of Bavaria between 1578 to 1803 and the evolution of their display from fragments to lavishly decorated, complete skeletons.

She teaches a variety of courses on European history as well as a class on the history of relics and bodily remains in a global context. She is looking forward to developing a course on the history of museums in the coming semesters.


Miriam Melton-Villanueva

A Ford Foundation Fellow, she received her PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2012. As Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, her research explores the cultural strategies and status of women and men in colonial Mexico’s central highland indigenous communities. Her development of ethnohistorical methods as a way to bring people’s voices into history, using indigenous archival records, underpins her analysis. Her work appears in the edited volume Documenting Latin America: Gender, Race, and Empire; the journal Ethnohistory; her new monograph, The Aztecs at Independence: Nahua Culture Makers in Central Mexico 1799-1832  was recently published by the University of Arizona Press.

Her students participate in field research, use archival materials, present their research at conferences, and construct public art. For her current project she is working with UNLV Folklorist Sheila Bock on Story and Power: Folklore, Women’s Work, and a Rural Mexican Town.