Writers of the New West
Telling stories to reconcile the West's
past and present
by Christopher Reardon
Ford Foundation Report, Summer/Fall 1997
After completing his Ph.D.
thesis on the political economy of the Canadian and U.S. Hutterite
colonies, Baden was awarded a National Science Foundation post-doctoral
fellowship in environmental policy and was appointed visiting assistant
professor (1969-1970) at Indiana University. Baden returned to Bozeman,
Montana, in 1970 where he taught political science and economics
at Montana State University. He then directed the Environmental
Studies Program at Utah State University, where he was a tenured
associate professor of political science and forestry.
In 1978, Baden established the Center for
Political Economy and Natural Resources at Montana State University.
In 1986, Baden founded the Foundation for Research on Economics
and the Environment (FREE). He co-founded Gallatin Writers in 1991
with Ramona Marotz-Baden and currently serves as chairman of both
organizations. Baden also co-founded the Environmental Management
MBA program at the University of Washington. Baden and his wife,
Ramona Marotz-Baden, own and operate a ranch in the Gallatin Valley
of Montana and an orchard near Zillah, Washington.