Eric B. Herzik is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1982. He is the co-editor of five books, including a text on nuclear waste policy, and has published over 50 articles and papers on various aspects of state politics, policy, and intergovernmental relations. In addition to scholarly publications, professor Herzik is a regular commentator on Nevada politics for media outlets throughout Nevada and the West. He has been at UNR since 1989, serving previously on the faculties at Southern Illinois, Texas A&M, and Arizona State Universities.