Ph.D. Students

 Photography for Nevada State Historic Preservation 

Photography for Nevada State Historic Preservation 

Bridger Bishop

Bridger Bishop earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History with Honors from the University of Montana.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Classics from the University of Colorado and an MAT (Master’s in Teaching) in American History from the University of Illinois- Chicago.  Bridger’s research focuses on environmental and labor history in the northwestern U.S.  During his time at UNLV, he has been active in UNLV’s Public History program.  He helped to organize and create the Line in the Sand exhibit on the history of the Culinary Union.  He served for a year as the deputy director of Preserve Nevada and also collaborated with Nevada State Parks and the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office on the creation of a more in-depth history of Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

 Exhibit prep for  Ready to Roar .

Exhibit prep for Ready to Roar.

Shae Cox

Currently a Ph.D. student in the UNLV History Department, Shae Smith Cox earned her M.A. in American History from Oklahoma State University in 2013. She studies the Civil War with an emphasis on material culture and memory and is minoring in Public History. Shae interned with the Mob Museum’s content department during the summer of 2016 and worked as the project manager for the Fall 2016 exhibit Ready to Roar. She coauthored the grant application for the Nevada Humanities Mini Grant awarded to the UNLV Public History Program in 2016. Shae is the recipient of the Spring 2017 Hal Rothman Doctoral History Student Scholarship. She holds the position of Deputy Director for the nonprofit organization Preserve Nevada and is the local student representative and assistant coordinator for the 2018 Local Arrangements Committee for the National Council of Public Historians.

 Conference presentation

Conference presentation

Neil Dodge

Neil Dodge earned his Master's degree from the University of New Mexico in May 2016. He is currently attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for a Ph.D. in the history of the North American West. His scholarly focus is on American Indians and the formation of kinship networks prior to contact with the American state. 

He has been involved with two public history projects. The first project was the recovery of indigenous voices from the Fred Harvey Indian Detours. The second project collection and preservation of family oral histories and memories about military service in Korea and Vietnam.


 Examining a celluloid brush for  Ready to Roar.

Examining a celluloid brush for Ready to Roar.

anthony graham

Anthony Graham received his M.A. in history from CSU East Bay in 2013 and his B.A. in History from the UC-Davis in 2009. He examines the environmental history of the Far West. His research interests include: the study of sustainability, environmentalism, technology, land art, ecology, environmental perceptions, historic preservation, public memory, and museum studies. He is the recipient of the UNLV History Department 2016 “Outstanding Seminar Paper Award," the Lodge/Clark Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and the Hal Rothman Doctoral History Student Scholarship. He has worked with the National Park Service on the Teaching with Historic Places Project and the Mob Museum as student Director of Education for Ready to Roar. He currently works with the Nevada Site Specific Resource Board advising on environmental clean up at the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site.

Masters Students

 Assessing objects at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Assessing objects at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Maggie Bukowski

Maggie Bukowski is a Master’s student in the UNLV History Department. Maggie earned her Bachelor’s in American History from UNLV in 2016. Maggie is currently working on a thesis about nineteenth-century women’s magazines with an emphasis on fashion, morality, and memory. Maggie interned with the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the summer of 2016. While there, she worked with the Assistant Registrar to create housing and updated records for forty Native American headdresses as well as tracing and recording the provenance of a late nineteenth-century trousseau. Currently Maggie works at UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives as an Accessioning Assistant. In this capacity, she is working on processing and making available the University Archives to researchers.


Lee hanover

Lee Hanover is working on his Master's degree in History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on California Native American wage labor as it relates to family, community, and cultural adaptations to U.S. capitalism. His research methodology centers on memory studies and ethnography. For Ready to Roar, he led the research team and wrote many of the labels and background information for the exhibit. Lee looks forward to finishing his Master's degree and continuing on to a doctoral program this fall.



billy marino

Billy Marino is a M.A. student in the UNLV History department. He studies U.S. Environmental History with an emphasis on the Cold War, particularly the Space Race. The incorporation of memory theory and oral history methodology are integral aspects of his research. These Public History theories and methods are vital, but engaging with the public, and presenting his research is his inspiration. He has worked on multiple historical exhibits including Thriller Villa: The Man in the Mirror and Mr. Showmanship, The Liberace Garage, and Ready to Roar, contributing to the research, design, and installation of each.