Dawnie Steadman

Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center

Phone: 865-974-4408
E-mail: dsteadma@utk.edu

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Dawnie Steadman is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Forensic Anthropology Center whose forensic anthropology research focuses on postmortem interval estimation methods and personal identification.  She is also a bioarchaeologist and conducts forensic human rights investigations. She is a board certified forensic anthropologist and consults for medical examiners and law enforcement across the nation. She has worked on both prehistoric and historic cemetery sites, including poorhouse cemeteries. Her bioarchaeological work includes an NSF-funded study of warfare and community health in prehistoric Tennessee, the epidemiological modeling of prehistoric diseases, and the application of population genetic models to prehistoric populations. She has been involved in human rights investigations in several countries, notably in Spain and Uganda. Topics of expertise: Skeletal biology, human rights, forensic anthropology