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 A. Neels, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
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
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
View Dr. Neels' curriculum vita.
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
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.
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).