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Anthropology

Anthropology section members are involved in education, research, outreach, or practice in the forensic application of any of the subfields of anthropology that include archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and/or cultural anthropology. The role of the anthropologist is to apply methods and theories from the discipline of anthropology to aid death investigations in various contexts (e.g., medicolegal, human rights violations, forensic recoveries).

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Being a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences has allowed me to greatly grow my professional network. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from and interact with students and professionals not only within anthropology, but from the other disciplines as well. Finally, membership and service to the Academy serve as an outlet to enact change in forensic anthropology and the forensic sciences — particularly as we strive to make the Academy more inclusive and welcoming and to ensure equitable treatment within the medicolegal system.

- Marin Pilloud
Fellow

Section Leadership

Jennifer C. Love, PhD

Section Board Director
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Marin A. Pilloud, PhD

Section Chair
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Allysha P. Winburn, PhD

Section Secretary
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Hear from a Forensic Anthropologist

Who should apply to the Anthropology Section?

Practitioners and educators including Physical Anthropologists, Archaeologists, Cultural Anthropologists and Linguistic Anthropologists.  Those that are in a related field, with a demonstrated sufficient forensic science emphasis will also be considered.

Section Requirements

Entry Level Categories

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Student Affiliate

Academy Requirements

Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that would support a forensic science career.

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate must be fulfilled, and
  2. Applicants for the Anthropology Section will be considered in any area of anthropology (e.g., physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology) or a related field, with a demonstrated sufficient forensic science emphasis.
  3. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university leading to a degree in anthropology or a closely related field with a forensic science emphasis, and
  4. Submit curriculum vitae listing relevant experience in forensic applications of anthropology (courses taken, volunteer work, etc.), and
  5. For students at the undergraduate level, the applicant must provide one (1) letter of reference from his/her department chair, program director, or academic advisor.
  6. For students at the master's or doctoral level, the applicant must be sponsored by a Member or Fellow of the Anthropology Section who is well-acquainted with the candidate and provides a written recommendation that addresses the student's interest, aptitude, and potential in the field of forensic anthropology.

Trainee Affiliate

Academy Requirements

  1. Completed the educational requirements, but not the experience requirements for Associate Member
  2. Must be actively working toward completion of the experience requirements through training program/employment that supports a forensic science career 

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate must be fulfilled, and
  2. Applicants for the Anthropology Section will be considered in any area of anthropology (e.g., physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology) or a related field, with a demonstrated sufficient forensic science emphasis.
  3. Must have completed a master's or doctorate degree in anthropology or a closely related field, with a demonstrated sufficient forensic science emphasis, and
  4. Submit curriculum vitae listing relevant experience in forensic applications of anthropology (courses taken, volunteer work, etc.), and
  5. Must be sponsored by a Member or Fellow of the Anthropology Section who is well-acquainted with the candidate and provides a written recommendation that addresses the candidate's progress toward fulfilling the requirements for Associate Member.
  6. Trainee Affiliate status may not be held for more than three (3) years.

Associate Member

Academy Requirements

  1. Actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and has made a significant contribution to the cause of advancing forensic science
  2. Earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college/university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies
  3. Has earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Associate Member must be fulfilled, and
  2. Applicants for the Anthropology Section will be considered in any area of anthropology (e.g., physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology) or a related field, with a demonstrated sufficient forensic science emphasis.
  3. Applicant must have earned a master's or doctorate degree in anthropology or a closely related field with a forensic science emphasis; and
  4. Submit for inspection a complete curriculum vitae indicative of active engagement, publication, pursuit of a career or other contribution to the application of anthropology to forensic science; and
  5. Demonstrate involvement in current anthropological assessments with a forensic science emphasis by providing:
  6. Copies of two (2) forensic case reports that demonstrate the competent application of scientific methods, techniques, and concepts in the context of the fields of anthropology.
  7. Two (2) letters of reference. References must be from either two (2) section Fellows or one (1) section Fellow and one (1) full Member from the Anthropology Section of the AAFS. Referees must be well-acquainted with the applicant and must address the candidate's aptitude in and contributions to forensic anthropology.
  8. Above requirements can only be waived by a two-thirds decision of members present at an annual section business meeting. Since the Board of Directors approval occurs before the section business meetings, those seeking a waiver of requirements will be delayed approval of the application for one (1) year.
Section Requirements

Promotion Categories

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WHILE SERVING AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER

To Member

Academy Requirements

  1. Attendance at the annual conferences and participation in the program
  2. Performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities
  3. Contributions made to the AAFS or latest advancement as service to forensic science research
  4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training acquired throughout his/her career

Section Requirements

  1. While serving as an Associate Member, the applicant must:
  2. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion; and
  3. Register and attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Associate Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Member is being considered shall not be counted; and
  4. Submit for review:
    1. Copies of two (2) recent (within 5 years) case reports; or
    2. Copies of two (2) first or second authored publications; or
    3. Copies of two (2) evidences of teaching or other contributions to applied anthropology with a forensic science emphasis.

NOTE: Proof of activity from a, b, or c must have occurred since being elected to Associate Member.

References not required.

WHILE SERVING AS A MEMBER

To Fellow

Academy Requirements 

  1. Attendance at the annual conferences and participation in the program
  2. Performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities
  3. Contributions made to the AAFS or latest advancement as service to forensic science research
  4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training acquired throughout his/her career

Section Requirements

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion; and
  2. Register and attend a minimum of three (3) annual meetings of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted; and
  3. Submit for review:
    1. Copies of two (2) recent (within 5 years) case reports; or
    2. Copies of two (2) first or second authored publications; or
    3. Copies of two (2) evidences of teaching or other contributions to applied anthropology with a forensic emphasis.

NOTE: Proof of activity from a, b, or c must have occurred since being elected to Member.

References not required.