PhD, Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2011
MA, Historical Archaeology, Illinois State University, 2006
BA, Geology, University of Minnesota, 2001
Dr. Dana L. Pertermann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geology at Western Wyoming
Community College. She received her PhD in Anthropology, specializing in Battlefield
Archaeology, from Texas A&M University in 2011. She completed a MA in Historical Archaeology
in 2006 from Illinois State University and a BA in Geology in 2001 from the University of
Minnesota. She has also taken courses under Prof. Hans-Peter Isler at the University of
Dr. Pertermann has a rich and varied research past, conducting archaeological investigations
on Bronze Age sites in Scotland, geologic field research in Texas and Colorado, as well as
publishing an edited volume of work emphasizing Conflict Event Theory, The Archaeology of
Engagement: Conflict and Revolution in the United States.
Dr. Pertermann's current research focuses on US military operations and private ownership at
Fort Bridger, WY from the late 1800s to the 1960s. She is also working with local land owners
near Evanston, WY to document archaeological remains on their land. She also regularly gives
lectures to the public throughout the region as well as offers Community Education courses for
Classes taught are Introduction to Archaeology, North American Indians, World Ethnography,
Introduction to Rock Art, Physical Geology, Paleontology, Igneous Petrology, Geology of
Southwest Wyoming, Mineralogy, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics, and Physical
MSc, Social Anthropology, University College London, 2013
BA, Anthropology, Lee University, 2011
Erin Williamson is an adjunct instructor of Anthropology at Western Wyoming Community College.
She received her Master of Science in Social Anthropology in 2013 from the University College
London in London, UK. She had previously completed her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Lee
University in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2011.
During her graduate studies, Erin conducted fieldwork among a community of Pentecostal
Christians in rural Appalachia and has since presented her research in guest lectures and at
anthropological conferences throughout the US, as well as been interviewed by National
Geographic on the topic of her research. Additionally, she has spent 6 years working on and
off as a field researcher with Western Wyoming Community College on an archaeological
excavation of a Native American rock shelter in Delta, Colorado and with the Bureau of Land
Management in a cultural resource survey of Native American sites in Paradox, Colorado. Her
current research interests center on ethnographic methods, migration, Islam, and the
anthropology of ethics.
Classes taught include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, and
PhD, History, University of New Mexico, 2000
MA, History, Colorado State University, 1980
BA, English, Lee College, 1977
Dr. A. Dudley Gardner taught history, political science, and anthropology/archeology at
Western Wyoming Community College from 1990 through 2014. In
addition, he served as the Social Science and Fine Arts Division Chair from 1994 through 2013.
Dr. Gardner is a notable scholar with numerous grants and
publications. He earned his PhD in History from the University of New Mexico (2000), MA in
History from Colorado State University (1980), and BA in
English from Lee College (1977).