Archaeological Collections Coordinator


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Archaeological Collections Coordinator
    • Lead Instructor, Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program
  • Concentration:

    • Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
    • Archaeology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • MA, Museum Studies, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 1998
    • BA, Anthropology & History, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI



Jeannine received her bachelor’s degree in history and Anthropology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She continued her studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL where she received a master’s degree in history and Museum Studies. Jeannine’s primary passion is the artifact. She has focused her career on the care, study and interpretation of art, history, archaeological artifacts, and cultural heritage. Pedersen has 20 years of experience working in museums, historical agencies, and archaeological repositories. She served as the Curator of the Catalina Island Museum for twelve years and prior to CSU she was the Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center in Santa Ana, CA. Jeannine has authored four community history books and numerous articles for local newspapers and websites. In 2018, her children’s book honoring the Indigenous Acjachemen people of Southern California was published by the Orange County Historical Commission and she most recently contributed to the edited volume, Public Archaeology & Climate Change. Pedersen-Guzman developed the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies Undergraduate Certificate for the Department of Anthropology and Geography at CSU and mentors students interested in pursuing a career in these fields.  Jeannine also recently launched Museum Savvy, a website ( and blog featuring resources for museum professionals, emerging professionals and students.


Public Archaeology & Climate Change, edited volume, Oxbow Books, Oxford, England, 2018, contributor.
‘Ehéngmay and the Raven: The story of a Native American girl who sets out to discover the meaning of her name. Orange County Historical Commission, Orange County, CA, 2017, author.
• Geology, Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Santa Ana Mountains, Geological Society of America, 2016, co-author.
Images of Aviation: Catalina By Air, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2008, author.
Images of America: Catalina By Sea, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2006, author.
Images of America: Catalina Island, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2004, author.
• “In Room Magazine” published by The Catalina Islander, articles featured in 2006, 2007 & 2008.
• “Island History” column published in The Catalina Islander, Avalon, CA, 2005-2006.
• “Views of the Past” column published in The Avalon Bay News, Avalon, CA, 2009-2011.
• “Featured Articles” historical articles published on, 2003 – present.
The Art of Catalina Clay Products, Catalina Island Museum Society, Avalon, CA, 2001, author.
The Casino by Patricia A. Moore, Catalina Island Museum Society, Avalon, CA, 2002, editor.
• “I Was Wondering” column published in The Catalina Islander, Avalon, CA, 2000-2003.


  • ANTH 240 – Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies


    ANTH 240 offers a detailed overview of the field of contemporary museum studies. Students will be introduced to the history of museums and to current museum principles, structure, organization, research, curation, collections management, interpretation, exhibit development and design, education within museums, ethics, and historic preservation. Emphasis will be placed on defining the role of liberal arts and natural history in today’s museums and the class will visit four museums as a group. ANTH 281A2 is an excellent opportunity for students interested in exploring museum studies as a career.

  • ANTH 462 – Anthropology Curation and Exhibition Methods


    The course will address current methods and ethics in museum curation, conservation, collections management policies and procedures, exhibition development, and other tasks associated with managing, preserving and displaying anthropological collections (both artifacts and their associated documentation). The course provides students with practical, hands-on experience in artifact care, management, preservation, and exhibition development. Students will work with the archaeological collections housed in the Archaeological Repository of Colorado State University.

  • ANTH 486 – Practicum in Anthropology


    Application of anthropological methods under actual project conditions.

    Through hands-on collections work, students will:

    • Understand the principles of curation, effective collections management programs, and the role of anthropology in museum and repository collection.

    • Identify both the benefits and challenges of working with collections.

  • ANTH 487 – Internship in Anthropology

    Assist students in finding internships in local museums and serve as Faculty Sponsor and Instructor.