Betsy Gaines Quammen

Author of American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West. She is an environmental historian and writer with a background in international conservation work, land issues, science denialism, and anti-government agitation in the American West.

Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and conservationist. She has studied various religious traditions over the years, with particular attention to how cultures view landscape and wildlife. The rural American West, pastoral communities of northern Mongolia, and the grasslands of East Africa have been her main areas of interest.


Topics include:

American Rebel: A Religious War over Federal Land


Fever in America: Infection to Insurrection


Understanding the Misinformation Divide


Science denial


Conspiracy theory




Public land and wildlife conservation


Religiously influenced agitation


The history of rebellion in the American West from land use to COVID protocols/anti-vaxxer protests


National insurrection and sedition

American Zion