Office: Clark A011
Position: Archaeological Collections Coordinator
Jeannine received her Bachelors 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 Masters Degree in History and Museum Science. Jeannine’s primary passion is the artifact. She has focused her career on the care, study and interpretation of historical and archaeological artifacts. 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. Pedersen also served as a Part-time Faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at California State University Fullerton. Jeannine has authored four community history books and numerous articles for local newspapers and websites. She just recently published a children’s book honoring the Indigenous Acjachemen people of Southern California.
MA, Historical Administration & Museum Science, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 1998
• 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 eCatalina.com, 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 281A2 – Introduction to Museum Studies - Syllabus
ANTH 281A2 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.