Charles Davis

Contact Information

Phone: 970-491-6803


Office: B351 Clark Building

Role: Faculty

Position: Professor

  • U.S. Environmental Politics
  • Public Policy


Charles Davis is a Professor in the Political Science Department. His research interests include energy and public lands policymaking. Recent publications have dealt with the politics of fracking and renewable energy policymaking. Courses include U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy, Theories of the Policy Process, Environmental Policy and Administration, Regulation in the Public Sector, and Introduction to State and Local Government.


PhD University of Houston


"BLM, the Administrative Presidency, and Policy Shifts: Policy Tools Affecting Oil and Gas Operations." Review of Policy Research, V33, No.5 (2016).

“Renewable Energy Policymaking in the American West” (with Sandra Davis and Cassandra Koerner). Ch 5 in Zachary Smith and John Freemuth, eds., Environmental Politics and Policy in the West, 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2016.

“Substate Federalism and Fracking Policies: Does State Regulatory Authority Trump Local Land Use Autonomy?” Environmental Science & Technology V48, Issue 15 (August, 2014).

“Energy Abundance or Environmental Worries? Analyzing Public Support for Fracking in the U.S.” (with Jonathan M. Fisk). Review of Policy Research (January, 2014).

Curriculum Vitae

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Theories of the Policy Process - Syllabus

This course deals with theories of public policy within U.S. politics. I focus on concepts and approaches to the study of policy, including key phases of the policy cycle as well as differing frameworks used in the explanation of public policy decisions.

Environmental Policy and Administration - Syllabus

This course examines the relationships between institutional decisions, administrative processes and the implementation of environmental policies in the United States, using examples drawn from natural resources, energy and pollution control programs.