D.A., Idaho State University, 1985

  • American Government
  • Natural Resource Policy

Research Agenda: Decision Making and Risk. Political Economy of Public Lands, National Park Management, Tourism on Tibetan Plateau, China

Phone: 406-994-5164
E-mail: jdj@montana.edu





Educational Background

D.A./M.P.A., Idaho State University, 1985

Major Areas: American Government, Economics
Minor Areas: Public Administration, Sociology

BA Political Science, Idaho State University, 1979

Academic Positions

2005 – Current Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Research Affiliate, Snow And Avalanche Lab, Department Of Earth Sciences, MSU:http://www.montana.edu/snowscience/index.html

1989 – 2005 Associate Professor (granted with tenure 1995), Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

1986 – 1989 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Troy State University – Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany

1982 – 1986 Political Science, Northwest Community College, Powell, Wyoming

Selected Research & Publications



Johnson, J. (2017). Wisdom of the Elders: Insights for Managing Parks and Wildlands. (E-book)


Johnson, J. (2010). (Editor.), Knowing Yellowstone: science in America’s first national park. Boulder, CO: Taylor Trade Publishers.


York, V., Johnson, J. (1995). Knowing Your Local Community: Using Federal Information to Learn about Community Change. The University.


Rasker, R., Johnson, J., York, V. (1994). Measuring change in rural communities: a workbook for determining demographic, economic, and fiscal trends. Wilderness Society, Bolle Center for Ecosystem Management.


Selected Book Chapters


(2012). Sustainable Tourism. Centre for Mountain Tourism & Hospitality Studies.


Johnson, J. (2011). Mountain Resort Sustainability in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, USA (1st ed., vol. 1, pp. 182-204). Sustainability of Tourism: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives/Cambridge University Scholars Press.


Johnson, J. (2004). Impacts of tourism-related in-migration: The Greater Yellowstone Region. Environmental impacts of ecotourism: Case studies of ecotourism, 25–40.


Johnson, J., Maxwell, B., Aspinall, R. (2003). Moving nearer to heaven: Growth and change in the Greater Yellowstone Region, USA. Nature-based tourism, environment and land management, 77–88.


Johnson, J., Snepenger, D. J. (2006). Residents’ perceptions of tourism development over the early stages of the TALC. C. Cooper, CM Hall, D. Timothy (Series Eds.), & RW Butler (Vol. Ed.), The Tourism Area Life Cycle, 1, 222–236. 

Selected Journal Articles


Johnson, J., Hendrikx, J., Haegeli, P., Savage, S. 2016. Survey of Avalanche Professionals: An institutional and personal analysis of accident causes. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.


Hendrikx, J., Johnson, J., Shelly, C. 2016. Using GPS tracking to explore terrain preferences of heli-ski guides. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.


Bergeron, A., Johnson, J. (2015). Ski Patroller Avalanche Accident Cause: An Analysis of The Triangle of Complacency. The Avalanche Review, 33(3), 25.


Hendrikx, J., Johnson, J. (2014). Using crowd sourcing to understand travel behaviour in avalanche terrain. The Crystal Ball, 24.


Hansen, A., Rasker, R., Maxwell, B., Rotella, J., Johnson, J., Parmenter, A. W., Langner, U., Cohen, W. B., Lawrence, R., Kraska, M. P. (2002). Ecological Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in the New West: As natural amenities attract people and commerce to the rural west, the resulting land-use changes threaten biodiversity, even in protected areas, and challenge efforts to sustain local communities and ecosystems. BioScience, 52(2), 151–162.


Johnson, J., Rasker, R. (1995). The role of economic and quality of life values in rural business location. Journal of Rural Studies, 11(4), 405–416.


Snepenger, D. J., Johnson, J., Rasker, R. (1995). Travel-stimulated entrepreneurial migration. Journal of Travel Research, 34(1), 40–44.


Johnson, J., Snepenger, D. J., Akis, S. (1994). Residents’ perceptions of tourism development. Annals of Tourism Research, 21(3), 629–642.


Johnson, J., Snepenger, D. J. (1993). Application of the tourism life cycle concept in the greater Yellowstone region. Society & Natural Resources, 6(2), 127–148.