Sean D. Tallman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Anatomy & Neurobiology

PhD, University of Tennessee
MA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Dr. Tallman is a biological anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology, forensic archaeology, and anatomy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.A. from the State University of New York, Binghamton, B.A. from the University of Washington, and A.A. from Shoreline Community College. Dr. Tallman is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the Boston University School of Medicine, where he teaches courses in human osteology, biological anthropology method and theory, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and human rights. Dr. Tallman has secondary appointments in the Department of Anthropology and Program in Archaeology at Boston University and teaches in BU's Kilachand Honors College. He heads the Forensic and Bioanthropology Laboratory (FAB Lab) Group, teaches, and advises students the M.S. Program in Forensic Anthropology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Also at BU, Dr. Tallman serves on the Faculty/University Council, Faculty Council Equity and Inclusion Committee, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Review Committee, BUSM's Diversity Steering Group, and the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee. Additionally, he is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Fellow in the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and Forensic Anthropologist with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT IX). Dr. Tallman’s ongoing research examines: human skeletal biology; sex and ancestry/population affiliation estimation; skeletal variability of sexual dimorphism and ancestry in East and Southeast Asia; human identification; population history and structure; forensic methods; CT scan data; secular change; diversity, inclusion, and mentorship in forensic anthropology; and critical race theory in biological and forensic anthropology.

Dr. Tallman has held positions of Forensic Anthropologist, Osteologist, Archaeologist, Consultant, and Anthropology Instructor in various contexts. In particular, he served as a Forensic Anthropologist with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory (now DPAA), where he contributed to the identification of numerous U.S. service members killed during past conflicts and led archaeological recovery missions in France, Germany, Hawaii, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vietnam.

Dr. Tallman served as Co-Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the AAFS Anthropology Section from 2017 to 2020 and the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee in 2020.

Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

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  1. Sanchez A, Tallman SD, Winburn AP, Stefanik J. The effects of orthopedic pathological conditions and systemic diseases on the prevalence of hip osteoarthritis in Modern African- and European-Americans. Homo. 2021 Sep 28; 72(3):183-203. PMID: 34160546
  2. Winburn AP, Clemmons CMJ, Delgado TA, Hartley S, Latham KE, Pilloud MA, Tallman SD. Responding to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences vision, mission, and values statements: Comments, revisions, and proposed actions. Forensic Sci Int Synerg. 2021; 3:100197. PMID: 34557661; PMCID: PMC8445841; DOI: 10.1016/j.fsisyn.2021.100197;
  3. Tallman SD, Parr NM, Winburn AP. Assumed differences; unquestioned typologies: The oversimplification of race and ancestry in forensic anthropology. Forensic Anthropology. 2021. View Publication
  4. Tallman SD, Kincer CD, Plemons ED. Centering transgender individuals in forensic anthropology and expanding binary sex estimation in casework and research. Forensic Anthropology. 2021. View Publication
  5. Winburn AP, Tallman SD, Scott AL, Bird CE. Changing the mentorship paradigm: Survey data and interpretations from forensic anthropology practitioners. Forensic Anthropology. 2021. View Publication
  6. Tallman SD. Forensic Magazine. The forensic sciences have a diversity, inclusion problem. 2020. View Publication
  7. Tallman SD, Bird CE. Diversity and inclusion in forensic anthropology: Where we stand and prospects for the future. Forensic Anthropology. 2020. View Publication
  8. Kilroy GS, Tallman SD, DiGangi EA. Secular change in morphological cranial and mandibular trait frequencies in European Americans born 1824-1987. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2020 11; 173(3):589-605. PMID: 33245566
  9. Atkinson ML, Tallman SD. Nonmetric Cranial Trait Variation and Ancestry Estimation in Asian and Asian-Derived Groups. J Forensic Sci. 2020 May; 65(3):692-706. PMID: 31693176
  10. Herrera MD, Tallman SD. Craniometric variation and ancestry estimation in two contemporary Caribbean populations. Forensic Sci Int. 2019 Dec; 305:110013. PMID: 31710881
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