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Kristen M. Hartnett-McCann

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology


PHD, 2007, Arizona State Univ Tempe; MA, 2002, Arizona State Univ Tempe; BA, 1999, Cornell Univ


Dr. Kristen Hartnett-McCann is a board certified Forensic Anthropologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington, CT, where she performs forensic anthropological casework and scene response. Prior to her employment in Connecticut, she was the Assistant Director of Forensic Anthropology at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. While in New York City, Dr. Hartnett-McCann was active in casework and participated in the recent recovery and identification efforts at the World Trade Center. She is also the consulting forensic anthropologist for Suffolk County on Long Island as well as other counties in New York. In addition to teaching and casework, Dr. Hartnett-McCann is an appointed member of the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Anthropology Subcommittee, within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as a member of the Academy Standards Board (ASB) Anthropology Consensus Body. Her research and applied interests include the estimation of age and sex from the adult skeleton, taphonomy, blunt and sharp force trauma, expert witness testimony, crime scene response, and mass disaster preparedness/response.

Recent Publications

Hartnett, KM, LC Fulginiti, and AC Seidel
Adult Age-at-Death Estimation in Unknown Decedents: New Perspectives on an Old Problem. Manuscript accepted in May 2016 for, Latham, K, Bartelink, E, and Finnegan, M. (eds), New Perspective on Forensic Human Skeletal Identification.

Christensen, AM, NV Passalacqua, GA Schmunk, J Fudenberg, KM Hartnett, RA Mitchell, et al.
2015  The Value and Availability of Forensic Anthropological Consultation in Medicolegal Death Investigations. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology 11(3): 438-441.

Colard, T, Y Delannoy, S Naji, D Gosset, KM Hartnett, and A Becart
2015  Specific Patterns of Canine Scavenging in Indoor Settings. Journal of Forensic Sciences 60(2):495-500.

Rainwater, CR, CC Crowder, KM Hartnett, JF Fridie, B Figura, J Godbold, S Warnasch, and BJ Adams
2012  Forensic Anthropology at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. In A Companion to Forensic Anthropology, D Dirkmaat (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell, MA.

Hartnett, KM, LC Fulginiti, and F Di Modica
2011  The Effects of Corrosive Substances on Bone, Teeth, Hair, Nails, and Soft Tissue. Journal of Forensic Sciences 56(4):954-959.

Hartnett, KM
2010  Analysis of Age-at-Death Estimation Using Data from a New, Modern Autopsy Sample- Part I: Pubic Bone. Journal of Forensic Sciences 55(5):1145-1151.

Hartnett KM.
2010  Analysis of Age-at-Death Estimation Using Data from a New, Modern Autopsy Sample – Part II: Sternal End of the Fourth Rib. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 55(5): 1152-1156.

Teaching Interests

Forensic Anthropology; Human Osteology; Bioarchaeology; Physical Anthropology; Human Evolution; Anthropology and the Movies

Research Interests

Age and sex estimation from the skeleton; Skeletal trauma; Taphonomy; Mesoamerican bioarchaeology

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ANTH 014F (BH,CC) BONES, BODIES & BURIAL Undergraduate
ANTH 188M SP TPC: OSTEOLOGY Undergraduate
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