Curator of Archaeology, the Fowler Museum at UCLA
Wendy is Curator of Archaeology for the Fowler Museum at UCLA and on the Register of Professional Archaeologists. As a California archaeologist, she co-directs the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project along with Desiree Martinez (Tongva) and Karimah Kennedy-Richardson, which focuses on the history of Catalina and its relationships with other islands and the mainland. They run a yearly field school that has been awarded scholarships through the Register for Professional Archaeologists and American Anthropology Association as well as the Society for American Archaeology for 2012 and 2013. Her research interests include: Native Studies (Cultural resources protection; Heritage management; Education), Federal & State Cultural Resource Law & Policy, California Archaeology (Gabrielino; Cultural Ecology, Landscapes), Mesoamerican Archaeology (Maya Area; Zooarchaeology; Ethnohistory), Museum Studies (Curation; Community involvement; repatriation).
Professionally Dr. Teeter is part of several boards and committees. These appointments include being Chair for the Curation Committee of the Society for California Archaeology; a member of the John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Center Technical Advisory Committee; a Research Fellow for the La Señora Research Institute, Santa Monica, CA; a member of the Archaeological Resources Committee of the California State Historical Resources Commission; an advisor for the Committee on Native American Relations and appointed member of the Committee on Museum, Collections and Curation, Society for American Archaeology; a coordinating committee member of the Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange, Native Nations Law & Policy Center, UCLA School of Law, and an Editorial Board Member for the Heritage & Society Journal, Left Coast Press. Dr. Teeter teaches about curation and cultural heritage preservation in California through the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program and in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge as well as extensively lecturing and publishing on these issues. In June 2011 she co-curated, “Launching A Dream: Reviving Tongva Maritime Traditions,” at Fowler Museum at UCLA with Cindi Alvitre (Director, Ti’at Society). Outside of her professional focus, Dr. Teeter an Officer on the Ocean Charter School Board of Trustees, a Los Angeles County Waldorf-informed charter school.