Sean D. Tallman


I am gay and I am a forensic anthropologist. //

I am an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Anthropology at Boston University and a Forensic Anthropologist with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). I specialize in human osteology, forensic archaeology, mass fatality response, and biological anthropology. My research focuses on human sexual dimorphism and skeletal variation in Asia, ancestry, biological profile method development, and human identification. I have conducted fieldwork in Laos, Vietnam, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Thailand, and Japan. Concerning LGBTQ+ issues, I am interested in issues of mentorship within anthropology and science. I serve as a Co-Chair for the Anthropology Section’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee through the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and as a Mentor for the Boston-Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS). When not looking at skeletons or prepping for class, I enjoy running, traveling, and seeing live music.