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.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
As a gay, first-generation college student, Dr. Tallman has prioritized diversity, equity, and inclusion engagement in his work in biological and forensic anthropology. Nationally, he served as Co-Chair (with Dr. Cate Bird) of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) from 2017 to 2020, which was disbanded by the AAFS Board of Directors in 2020. The D&I Committee was the first of its kind in the forensic sciences and strived to increase diversity in the discipline through addressing important issues related to inclusion, recruitment, and retention. As such, the Committee assessed membership demographics; led student and professional discussion forums at the annual AAFS meetings; oversaw specialized subcommittees on topics related to diversity and inclusion; managed the Anthropology Section D&I Mentorship Program (now disbanded); organized symposia; provided a monetary award to an undergraduate or graduate student from an historically underrepresented community to attend the annual AAFS meeting trough the D&I Travel Award; and fostered a community of inclusion. Additionally, Dr. Tallman served as the Chair of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee from February to October 2020 (resigned). Also at the national level, Dr. Tallman has served as a reviewer for the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals' (NOGLSTP) Out to Innovate Scholarship (Educator of the Year; Scientist of the Year; Career Development Fellowship for Trans, Nonbinary, and Intersex People in STEM) since 2018. Presently, he serves as a Mentor for the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) national organization.
AT BU, Dr. Tallman is presently engaged in DEI initiatives as a member of BUSM’s Diversity Steering Group; the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee; and the Faculty Council’s Equity and Inclusion Committee. Additionally, he is a member of BU's Alpha Alpha Alpha National Honor's Society (for first-gen students and faculty).
In addition to skeletal biology and forensic anthropology-related research, Dr. Tallman's scholarship critically explores DEI-related issues in forensic anthropology, including mentorship, developing trans-inclusive perspectives and methods, and questioning the role of binary sex and ancestry estimation in forensic anthropology. This work engages with queer, critical race, and embodiment theories:
Tallman SD (organizer). "Vital Topics Forum: Cultivating a socially conscious, activist, and inclusive forensic anthropology." American Anthropologist, in press.
Tallman SD, George RL, Baide AJ, Bouderdaben F, Craig AE, Garcia SS, Go MC, Goliath JR, Miller E, Pilloud MA. “Barriers to entry and success in forensic anthropology.” American Anthropologist, in press.
Adams DM, Goldstein JZ, Isa M, Kim J, Moore MK, Pilloud MA, Tallman SD, Winburn AP (all authors contributed equally). “A conversation on redefining ethical considerations in forensic anthropology.” American Anthropologist, in press.
McCrane SM, Hsiao CJ, Tallman SD. “Implementing an antiracist framework in forensic anthropology: Our responsibility in professional organizations and as scientists.” American Anthropologist, in press.
Tallman SD, Kincer CD, Plemons ED. “Centering transgender individuals in forensic anthropology and expanding binary sex estimation in casework and research.” Forensic Anthropology 2022; 5(2):161-180. DOI: 10.5744/fa.2020.0030.
Winburn AP, Tallman SD, Scott AL, Bird CE. “Changing the mentorship paradigm: Survey data and interpretations from forensic anthropology practitioners.” Forensic Anthropology 2022; 5(2):115-132. DOI: 10.5744/fa.2020.4028.
Tallman SD, Bird CE. “Diversity and inclusion in forensic anthropology: Where we stand and prospects for the future.” Forensic Anthropology 2022; 5(2):84-101. DOI: 10.5744/fa.2020.3001.
Tallman SD, Parr NM, Winburn AP. “Assumed differences; unquestioned typologies: The oversimplification of race and ancestry in forensic anthropology.” Forensic Anthropology 2021; 4(4):73-96. DOI: 10.5744/fa.2020.0046.
Winburn AP, Clemmons C, Delgado T, Hartley S, Latham K, Pilloud MA, Tallman SD (all authors contributed equally). “Strengthening the American Academy of Forensic Sciences vision, mission, and values statements: Critiques, revisions, and proposed actions.” Forensic Science International: Synergy 2021; 3 (100197). DOI: 10.1016/j.fsisyn.2021.100197.
Tallman SD. “Opinion: The forensic sciences have a diversity, inclusion problem.” Forensic Magazine 2020; https://www.forensicmag.com/569912-Opinion-The-Forensic-Sciences-Have-a-Diversity-Inclusion-Problem/.
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Tallman SD, Bird CE. Diversity and inclusion in forensic anthropology: Where we stand and prospects for the future. Forensic Anthropology. 2022; 5(2):84-101. View Publication
Kelley SR, Tallman SD. Population-inclusive assigned-sex-at-birth estimation from skull computed tomography scans. Forensic Sciences. 2022; 2:321-348. View Publication
Winburn AP, Tallman SD, Scott AL, Bird CE. Changing the mentorship paradigm: Survey data and interpretations from forensic anthropology practitioners. Forensic Anthropology. 2022; 5(2):115-132. View Publication
Tallman SD, Kincer CD, Plemons ED. Centering transgender individuals in forensic anthropology and expanding binary sex estimation in casework and research. Forensic Anthropology. 2022; 5(2):161-180. View Publication
Zamora AC, Tallman SD. The role of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in positive identification. J Forensic Sci. 2022 May; 67(3):877-888. PMID: 34967006
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
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;
Tallman SD, Parr NM, Winburn AP. Assumed differences; unquestioned typologies: The oversimplification of race and ancestry in forensic anthropology. Forensic Anthropology. 2021; 4(4):73-96. View Publication
Tallman SD. Forensic Magazine. The forensic sciences have a diversity, inclusion problem. 2020. View Publication
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
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