Mike Pesses is an associate professor of geography at Antelope Valley College. He received his bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He worked around California and the Southwest as a professional archaeologist after graduation and soon drifted into geographic information systems (GIS). He completed a GIS certificate at American River College and soon after received his master of arts in geography from California State University, Northridge. He began working professionally with GIS in 2002, ranging from work in cultural resource conservation, natural resource conservation, and planning and development. All of his GIS work has not affected his interests in social and political geography; his research revolves around mobility, media, and social justice. He began teaching in 2007 and is working on his doctorate at Claremont Graduate University.
He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Sarah, sons Jack, Alex, and Max and daughter Zoe. He spends his spare time riding his bike around the Antelope Valley.