Mark W. Nichols joined the faculty of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno in July, 1996. Nichols came to Nevada from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee where he taught economics for the prior two years. Previously, he taught economics at Florida State University where he received his Ph.D. in Economics as well as awards as Outstanding Teacher.
Nichols' area of specialty is Industrial Organization and Public Policy. His prior research involved the study of the health care, automobile, and banking markets. His research has been published in The Journal of Regulatory Economics, Journal of Economic History, Review of Industrial Organization, and Gaming Law Review. His gaming research agenda includes comparative analysis of gaming regulation across various jurisdictions, the competitive consequences of expanding casino gaming and lottery for jurisdictions where casino gaming presently exists, casino gambling and crime, and the analysis of casino gaming as a tool for economic development. Nichols is currently teaching courses on regulation of the casino industry, commercial gaming law, and is working closely with other faculty to develop additional courses for the Gaming Management program.