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Course Descriptions:

Full-Time Faculty:

Bruce Anderson Bruce Anderson
Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology
Office: 1462
Phone: 307-382-1879

Bruce Anderson is an instructor of Political Science and Sociology. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 1991 & 1992, respectively from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he studied Political Science and Spanish. Anderson has done additional graduate-level studies from 1997 to 2002 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he focused on comparative politics and international relations. Previously he has taught at Miami University and at St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota. He has been an instructor at WWCC since fall semester 2003.

Mark Neels Mark A. Neels, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Office: 1226
Phone: 307-382-1771

PhD, History, Southern Illinois University, 2015
MA, History, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009
BA, History, Missouri State University, 2006

Dr. Mark Neels is Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science in the Social Science Division at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC). A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he specializes in U.S. History with an emphasis on the era of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. He holds a BA in History from Missouri State University, a MA in History from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a PhD from Southern Illinois University. Before coming to WWCC, he was Adjunct Faculty of History in the School of Humanities at Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO), as well as St. Louis Community College (Meramec campus), and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has been teaching history classes since 2010 and political science classes since 2016.

Dr. Neels is a cultural and political historian by training, but has also worked in other disciplines such as economic history, intellectual history, and public history. He also spent six months working in the field of document editing with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, and has contributed editorial work to projects with the Walt Whitman Archive at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Neels has also published three articles with the Lindenwood Confluence Magazine, "We Shall Be Literally Sold to the Dutch: Nativist Supression of German Radicals in Antebellum St. Louis, 1852-1861" in 2009, "The Barbarous Custom of Dueling: Death and Honor on St. Louis's Bloody Island" in 2010, and "'I Will Continue to Make the Best Defense I Can': Edward Bates and the Battle over the Missouri Constitution of 1865" in 2013. His most recent article, "'A Just Application of Democratic Principles': The Fiscal Conservatism of Salmon P. Chase," is scheduled for publication in The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association in January 2018.

From 2008-2015, Dr. Neels appeared at numerous academic conferences, where he presented on topics from Nativism in the Antebellum United States to the environmental history of pre-Civil War St. Louis, as well as on topics such as the development of conservative ideology in the North during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In March 2017, he was the recipient of the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize for his work on the origins of conservative Unionism as represented by the self-identified conservative members of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. He is currently in the process of revising the dissertation for publication.

At WWCC, Dr. Neels teaches HIST 1211, United States to 1865, HIST 1410, Introduction to U.S. Environmental History, HIST 1251, Wyoming History, and POLS 1000, American and Wyoming Government. View Dr. Neels' curriculum vita.

Concurrent and/or Adjunct Faculty:

Stephanie Johnson Stephanie Johnson, MA
Phone: 307-782-6340

MA, Political Science, University of Utah, 2003
BA, Political Science, University of Utah, 1993

Stephanie Johnson currently teaches social studies at Mountain View High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and education from the University of Utah, with minors in both history and Russian language. Her master's degree, also from the University of Utah, is in political science, with an emphasis in Constitutional history and political theory. Stephanie is a James Madison Fellow, and a National Board Certified Teacher in social studies. She lived in South Korea for many years, first as a missionary for her church, then as a teacher. She was an adjunct faculty member for Snow College (Utah) and teaches both political science and history classes concurrently for WWCC. She has been a candidate for the Wyoming State Legislature and served on the Mountain View Town Council. View Stephanie Johnson's curriculum vita.

Rose Robertson Rose Robertson, MA
Adjunct/Concurrent Instructor of History and Political Science
Phone: 307-367-2137 ext 4447

MA, Interdisciplinary Education, New Mexico University, 2014
BA, Social Studies Education, University of Wyoming, 2008

A native of Western Wyoming, Rose Robertson was born and raised in Jackson Hole. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Studies Education. In the summer of 2014, Robertson graduated with a Master's in Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis in Political Science and History from Western New Mexico University. She is both a concurrent and adjunct professor at Western Wyoming Community College and was recognized in 2016 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as the Wyoming History Teacher of the Year. She is the mother of two rambunctious boys and spends her free time reading, enjoying the outdoors, and participating in community events. View curriculum vita.

Faculty Emeritus:

Dudley Gardner Dudley Gardner, PhD
Professor of Emeritus
Phone: 307-382-1746

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).

For more information, contact Bruce Anderson at (307) 382-1879 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181