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Dr Anna Williams read Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University (1995-1998), and completed an MSc in Forensic Anthropology at Bradford University (1999). After working for West Yorkshire Police as a Forensic Mark Analyst from 2000-2001, she gained her PhD in Forensic Anthropology from Sheffield University in 2005. Her doctoral research used novel histological and immunohistochemical techniques to quantify bone fracture healing, which is of particular relevance to the investigation of child abuse and identification of unknown individuals.

From 2004-2006, Anna was engaged in post-doctoral research entitled ‘A Laboratory Based Analytical Technique to Determine ‘Age at Death’ For Forensic Purposes from Human Compact Bone’ at Cranfield University, and became a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology there in 2006. She was instrumental in developing and delivering the MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield, and was Head of the Centre for Forensic Anthropology Research. She also established a successful taphonomy research facility and was a CDS Teaching Fellow from 2010-11.

In October 2013, Anna joined the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science. She leads the MSc in Forensic Anthropology and lectures on the BSc/MSci Forensic and Analytical Science degree. She leads the Forensic Aspects of Disaster Management module on the MSc Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management. She leads the Forensic Anthropology Research Group. In August 2015, she was promoted to Principal Enterprise Fellow.

Anna is an experienced Forensic Anthropologist, with considerable case work experience. She regularly undertakes consultancy work for national police forces, Forensic Engineering Solutions and Kenyon International Emergency Services.

Anna is Editor-in-Chief of a volume dedicated to Forensic Science Education, published in 2017 by Wiley Publishing. She has also acted as External Examiner for Kingston University, and has been External Examiner for doctoral candidates at Bournemouth University and University of Technology Sydney.

Anna is passionate about science communication. She was the winner of the Forensic Zone of the prestigious Wellcome Trust-funded I’m A Scientist competition in 2011. In 2014. Anna was awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship and a placement at New Scientist. She has presented at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibitionthe British Science Festival and the Royal Institution.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Decomposition and Taphonomy
  • Artificial cranial deformation and craniosynostosis
  • Disaster Victim Identification and holistic disaster management approaches
  • Dominance of women in Forensic Anthropology education and practice
  • Trauma analysis of skeletal remains

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Taphonomy
  • Development Body Farm
  • Body Deposition
  • Psychology
  • DVI
  • Facial Recognition


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