Robert Forbis is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1990); and received his Masters of Public Administration (2004) and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah (2010). His research interests primarily concern Environmental Politics and Policy with emphasis on the policy nexus of environmental policy and energy development. His research specifically addresses political conflicts triggered by the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) energy resource development process. He teaches courses on Public Lands and Resource Management, Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Policy.