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Colorado State University
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Museum, Museums, Museum Studies, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, NAGPRA, Decolonization, Museum Savvy, Catalina Island
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About Me

Jeannine received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and 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 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.  Jeannine 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.  Jeannine manages the Archaeological Repository of Colorado State University and also serves as the Internship Coordinator for the department.  Pedersen-Guzman is involved in the local museum professional community and currently serves as the Academic Liaison for the Colorado Wyoming Museum Association.  Jeannine 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.

Recent Publications
  • Determining the Basaltic Source Rocks of Enigmatic Cogged Stones from Southern CA, CA Archaeology, 2020.
  • 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 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,
  • Images of America: Catalina By Sea, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2006,
  • Images of America: Catalina Island, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2004,
  • “In Room Magazine” published by The Catalina Islander, articles featured in 2006, 2007 &
  • “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,
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Museums