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The Future of Forensic Science Initiative



"The Isotopic Taphonomy of Human Remains"

Gwyn Gordon, Kelly Knudson, & Ariel Anbar
National Institute of Justice

"Stable Isotope Analysis as a Geospatial Tool for Identification: Intra-Individual Isotopic Variability"

Gwyn Gordon
National Institute of Justice

"They Are Our Parents"

Katelyn Bolhofner & Adriana Sartorio
Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center



Faculty bookshelf


Manifesting Justice book coverManifesting Justice

Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights

Author Valena Beety

Through the lens of her work with the Innocence Movement and client Leigh Stubbs — a woman denied a fair trial in 2000 largely due to her sexual orientation — innocence litigator, activist and founder of West Virginia Innocence Project Valena Beety examines the failures in America’s criminal legal system and the reforms necessary to eliminate wrongful convictions — particularly with regards to women, the queer community and people of color.

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Forensic Anthropology

Contemporary Theory and Practice

Authors Jane Buikstra and Debra Komar

Forensic anthropology is a vastly popular and rapidly changing profession, yet to date there has been no volume that reflects the current state of the discipline and forecasts its future. The first comprehensive text in the field, "Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice" examines the medical, legal, ethical and humanitarian issues associated with forensic anthropology, current forensic methods and biohistorical investigations.

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Studies in Forensic Biohistory

Anthropological Perspectives

Edited by William N. Duncan and Christopher M. Stojanowski

The lives of kings, poets, authors, criminals and celebrities are a perpetual fascination in the media and popular culture, and for decades anthropologists and other scientists have participated in "postmortem dissections" of the lives of historical figures. In this field of biohistory, researchers have identified and analyzed these figures' bodies using technologies such as DNA fingerprinting, biochemical assays and skeletal biology. This book brings together biohistorical case studies for the first time and considers the role of the anthropologist in the writing of historical narratives surrounding the deceased.

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Journal publications

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The Law Meets Psychological Expertise: Eight Best Practices to Improve Forensic Psychological Assessment

October 2022 | Tess M.S. Neal



Modern Africa journal


“Justice Futures”: Forensic Investigation and the Potential for Transformation in Eritrea

August 25, 2022 | Tricia Redeker-Hepner





Genetic Syncretism: Latin American Forensics and Global Indigenous Organizing

November 5, 2021 | Lindsay A. Smith & Vivette García-Deister





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