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Forensic Anthropologist



Forensic anthropologist

Dr. Passalacqua received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2012 and was certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology in 2016. Dr. Passalacqua is an Associate Professor and the Director of Forensic Anthropology at Western Carolina University.

            Dr. Passalacqua is a co-founder and a current editor of the journal Forensic Anthropology. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and a Member of the Anthropology sub-committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. Previously, Dr. Passalacqua served as the Vice President of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, the chair of the Anthropology Consensus Body of the American Academy of Sciences Standards Board, and won the 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences' Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award.

            Dr. Passalacqua has also co-authored the award-winning textbook: Forensic anthropology: Current methods and practice, as well as the books: Ethics and professionalism in forensic anthropology, and A laboratory manual for forensic anthropology. Dr. Passalacqua also has numerous publications in such journals as: Forensic Anthropology, The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Anthropologist, The International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, and The Journal of Forensic Sciences, as well as chapters in such books as: Skeletal trauma analysis: Case studies in context, The analysis of burned human remains, Age estimation of the human skeleton, and A companion to forensic anthropology.


Contact Dr. Nicholas V. Passalacqua

Western Carolina University
Anthropology and Sociology Dept
101 McKee Building
Cullowhee, NC

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