Montana State University

Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173480
Bozeman, MT 59717-3480

Tel: (406) 994-3331
Fax: (406) 994-6923
Location: 226 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Mogk

Julia H. Haggerty

Assistant Professor of Geography

Contact Information

Office:   Traphagen Hall #202
Phone:   (406) 994-6904

Office Hours: Fall 2014

T 1:30 - 3:00 pm
W 3:15 - 4:30 pm


Ph.D. History, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004
B.A. Liberal Arts, Colorado College, 1994
International Honors Program (IHP), Bard College,  AY1992-3

Classes Taught

GPHY 121 Human Geography (Fall 2013)
GPHY 445 Advanced Regional Geography: The American West (Fall 2013)

Current Graduate Students

Carl Hamming
Alex Leone

Dr. Haggerty's CV [PDF]

Research Interests and Background

I am a rural geographer working to understand the interactions between natural resource use and the social and economic well being of rural communities. Prior to joining the Earth Sciences Department in the fall of 2013, I worked for five years as a policy analyst for the regional non-profit research group Headwaters Economics.

My research seeks to identify and promote approaches to environmental management that enhance rural capitals—economic, ecological, and social. To do this, I study the drivers and outcomes of choices about land use and resource management for individuals, communities, and ecosystems. Like most environmental geography scholarship, my work is interdisciplinary within the social sciences. I am equally likely to be found mining socio-economic data and government documents, conducting ethnographies and interviews, and working with spatial data such as land and water ownership records. My approach often integrates natural science and I hold a partial appointment with Montana’s Institute on Ecosystems.

Geographically, I have expertise in the U.S. West and New Zealand. The following is a brief narrative of current projects in the U.S. West and Southland, New Zealand. I am currently recruiting graduate students to assist in this and related work.

Under what circumstances can large-scale energy development, including both power generation and fossil fuel extraction, contribute to rural sustainability? How are costs and benefits of energy choices measured and mitigated—and by whom? What influence do local stakeholders have in shaping investments in energy development and what are the outcomes of their involvement? I have explored the social and economic impacts of energy development in a number of reports, white papers, and publications during my tenure as a policy analyst. Here at Montana State University, I am developing case studies in Wyoming, Montana, and New Mexico.

New Zealand provides an excellent laboratory to ask critical questions about environmental governance in a neoliberal economy – can a devolved system respond effectively to resource use trajectories directed by global commodity markets? And how do economic and governance institutions emerging in this political economy affect how resource users understand environmental change? In my work in Southland, I am interested in learning how freshwater users (anglers, net fishermen, Maori kaumatua, local governments, farmers and farm corporations) shape outcomes of environmental decision making in the Mataura catchment.

An interesting point of comparison about political ecology of rural farming areas is offered by the high quality wildlife and recreational opportunities in both New Zealand and Montana. I’m especially interested in understanding the sustainability of popular access to wildlife and recreational resources in areas undergoing rapid change driven by amenity consumption. What are the feedbacks between changing access regimes, environmental politics, and natural systems in rapidly transitioning rural areas? Both Montana and Southland are good places to study the ongoing transition of rural landscapes from landscapes of production to landscapes of consumption.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

In review. Haggerty, J., P.H. Gude, M. Delorey, and Rasker, R. “Oil and Gas Extraction as an Economic Development Strategy in the American West: A Longitudinal Performance Analysis, 1980-2011.”

In press. Haggerty M.N. and J.H. Haggerty. “Energy Development as Opportunity and Challenge in the Rural West.” Invited chapter in The Rural West: Common Regional Issues. David Danbom, editor. University of Utah Press.

2012. Haggerty, M.N. and J. H. Haggerty, “Improving Fiscal Policy to Maximize Benefits of Unconventional Oil Development in Montana Communities.” Montana Policy Review 16:2 ( 

2012. Gude, P.H., R. Rasker, K.L. Jones, J.H. Haggerty, M.C. Greenwood. 2012. The Recession and the New Economy of the West: The Familiar Boom and Bust Cycle? Growth and Change 43(3): 419-441 (

2009. J. H. Haggerty, H. Campbell, and C. Morris. “Keeping the stress off the sheep?: neoliberalism, animal bodies, and ‘good’ pastoral farming in New Zealand.” Geoforum 40: 767-777.

2007. J. H. Haggerty, “‘I’m not a greenie but…’: Environmentality, eco-populism and governance in New Zealand, Experiences from the Southland whitebait fishery.” Journal of Rural Studies 23: 222-237.

Selected White Papers

2012. Headwaters Economics and Sonoran Institute. “Evaluating Purpose and Need for the Proposed SunZia Transmission Line: A Guide for Decision Makers and Stakeholders.” Headwaters Economics, Bozeman, MT.

2012. Headwaters Economics, “Tax Revenue from an Installed High Voltage Transmission Line: A Guide to Fiscal Impact Analysis in Montana and Idaho.” Headwaters Economics, Bozeman, MT.

2012. Headwaters Economics, “Transmission Lines & Property Value Impacts: A Review of Proposed Research on Property Value Impacts from High Voltage Transmission Lines.” Headwaters Economics, Bozeman, MT.

2011. Headwaters Economics, “Fossil Fuel Extraction and Western Economies.” Headwaters Economics, Bozeman, MT.

2011. Headwaters Economics, “The Agricultural Economy and Public Lands Ranching Strategies in Southern Utah.” Headwaters Economics, Bozeman, MT.