Author Interview With Betsy Gaines Quammen

Ramona Mead
5 min readAug 16, 2020

I’m thrilled to bring you this interview with my dear friend Betsy Gaines Quammen. Her first book, American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, & American Lands in the West, was published in March of this year.

Betsy is an environmental historian and writer. She received a PhD from Montana State University where she studied religion, history and the philosophy of science. Her dissertation focused on Mormon history and the roots of armed public land conflicts occurring in the Unites States. She is fascinated at how religious views shape relationships to landscape.

Ramona Mead

Avid reader, writer of true stories, book hoarder, eternal optimist