Instructor, Museum Studies


  • Website:

    Museum Savvy
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Instructor, Museum Studies
  • 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
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc.. and continued her studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., where she received a master’s degree in History and Museum Studies.  Her 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-Guzman has over 25 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.  Pedersen-Guzman most recently contributed to the edited volume, Public Archaeology & Climate Change and co-authored an article titled "Determining the Basaltic Source of Enigmatic Cogged Stones from Southern California" that was published in California Archaeology.

Pedersen-Guzman developed the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies Undergraduate Certificate for the Department of Anthropology and Geography at CSU, teaches two of the required courses, and mentors students interested in pursuing a career in these fields.

She currently serves as Tribal Repatriation and Curation Program Manager with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, Calif.

Pedersen-Guzman is also the creator and author of Museum Savvy, a website ( and blog with resources for museum professionals, emerging professionals and students.  One of the main features of Museum Savvy is a job board which culls together recent job postings in museums, archives, and similar organizations.  The Museum Savvy Jobs Round Up features over 500 professional postings each month and is an invaluable resource to many museum, archives, conservation, public history, and heritage professionals.


• Determining the Basaltic Source Rocks of Enigmatic Cogged Stones from Southern California, California Archaeology, 2020, co-author.
• 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, GSA, 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” and “I Was Wondering” columns published in The Catalina Islander, Avalon, CA, 2000-2006.
• “Views of the Past” column published in The Avalon Bay News, Avalon, CA, 2009-2011.
• The Art of Catalina Clay Products, Catalina Island Museum Society, Avalon, CA, 2001, author.


  • Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies Undergraduate Certificate


    The undergraduate Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies Certificate provides students with a broad background in museum and cultural heritage studies and a solid foundation for pursuing advanced education and careers in the fields of Museum Studies or Cultural Heritage Studies. The certificate and its curriculum prepare students for entry-level careers in museums, cultural heritage sites, national parks and heritage areas, and similar venues that promote public outreach and education.

    Core courses introduce students to the history of museums, cultural heritage management, administration, curation, artifact handling, collections management, interpretation, exhibitions, ethics, and working with indigenous communities.

  • 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 486/686 – 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.