Sean D. Tallman, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Sean Tallman
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


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, and B.A. from the University of Washington. Dr. Tallman is presently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Anthropology at Boston University, where he teaches courses in human osteology, biological anthropology method and theory, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and human rights. He heads the Forensic and Bioanthropology Laboratory Group, teaches, and advises students the M.S. Program in Forensic Anthropology at the Boston University School of Medicine. 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 cranial and postcranial nonmetric variability in East (Japan) and Southeast (Thailand) Asian individuals.

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 Germany, Hawaii, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam.

Dr. Tallman also serves as a Co-Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the AAFS Anthropology Section.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences


  • University of Tennessee, PhD
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, MA
  • University of Washington, BA

Classes Taught

  • AN550
  • AN597
  • FA700
  • FA704
  • FA705
  • FA790
  • FA806


  • Published on 10/16/2018

    Trapp BM, Tallman SD. The effects of household corrosive substances on silver amalgam and porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations and non-restored teeth. Forensic Sci Int. 2018 Dec; 293:77-85. PMID: 30415095.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/20/2017

    Tallman SD, Go MC. Application of the Optimized Summed Scored Attributes Method to Sex Estimation in Asian Crania. J Forensic Sci. 2018 May; 63(3):809-814. PMID: 28940235.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/4/2015

    Tallman SD, Winburn AP. Forensic Applicability of Femur Subtrochanteric Shape to Ancestry Assessment in Thai and White American Males. J Forensic Sci. 2015 Sep; 60(5):1283-9. PMID: 25845441.

    Read at: PubMed

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