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Dawnie Wolfe Steadman

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman

Professor; Director, Forensic Anthropology Center


Dawnie Wolfe Steadman is a skeletal biologist who specializes in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology and human rights investigations.  She is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist and consults for medical examiners and law enforcement across the nation. Her edited book, Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, is in its second edition and emphasizes the multidisciplinary, collaborative nature of the forensic sciences.  Specific forensic research foci include quantifying statistical probabilities of personal identification from osteological evidence and validation studies of aging methods.

 Dawnie Wolfe Steadman has worked on both prehistoric and historic cemetery sites, including poorhouse cemeteries. Recent bioarchaeological work includes an NSF-funded study of warfare and community health in prehistoric Tennessee (with co-PI Charles Cobb), the epidemiological modeling of prehistoric diseases, and the application of population genetic models to prehistoric populations. She has been involved in human rights investigations in several countries, most recently in Spain and Uganda. 


  • Ph.D. 1997, Anthropology, University of Chicago
  • M.A. 1992, Anthropology, University of Chicago
  • B.A. 1989, Anthropology, University of Arizona


  • Diplomate - American Board of Forensic Anthropology (No. 72)

Professional Service



  • Kim, Jieun and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. 2014. A Review of Codes of Ethics in the United States and Ethical Dilemmas Surrounding NAGPRA.. Korean Journal of Physical Anthropology.  Volume 27, Number 2 (2014) pp.47-63..
  • Steadman, Dawnie Wolfe, Dennis C. Dirkmaat, Mark LeVaughn, Raymond G. Miller, Laura A. Regan and Dianne Vertes. 2014.  Recovery and Identification of Victims of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 Crash. In: Bradley J. Adams and John E. Byrd (eds), Commingled Human Remains: Methods in Recovery, Analysis and Identification, 2nd ed. Academic Press.
  • Vidoli, Giovanna M., Joanne Devlin, Lee Meadows Jantz and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. 2013. Training Contributions of the Forensic Anthropology Center to Human Skeletal Recoveries and Casework.  Georgia Division of the International Association of Identification Newsletter. 43(3):24-25.
  • Steadman, Dawnie Wolfe.  2013. The Places We Will Go: Paths Forward in Forensic Anthropology. In: Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions.  Douglas H. Ubelaker, ed. Wiley-Blackwell Press. pp-131-159.
  • Worne, Heather, Charles R. Cobb, Giovanna Vidoli and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman.  2012. The Space of War: Connecting Geophysical Landscapes with Skeletal Evidence of Warfare-Related Trauma.  In: The Bioarchaeology of Violence. D.L. Martin, R.P. Harrod and V.R. Perez, eds.  pp 141-159.
  • Rissech, Carme, Jeremy Wilson, Allysha Powanda Winburn, Daniel Turbon and Dawnie Steadman.  2012.  A Comparison of Three Established Age Estimation Methods on an Adult Spanish Sample. International Journal of Legal Medicine.  126:145-155.
  • Cobb, Charles C. and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman.  2012.  Pre-Columbian Warfare and Indecorous Images in Southeastern North America. In:To Report or not to Report: Amerindian Warfare, Environmental Degradation, and the Anthropologist’s Dilemma. R.J. Chacon and Rubén G. Mendoza, eds. Springer Press. pp 37-50.
  • Rissech, Carme and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman.  2011.  The Demographic, Socio-economic and Temporal Contextualisation of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona Collection of Identified Human Skeletons (UAB Collection). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21(3):313-322.
  • Lee, Esther J., Jennifer G. Luedtke, Jamie L. Allison, Carolyn E. Arber, D. Andrew Merriwether, Dawnie Wolfe Steadman.  2010. The Effects of Different Maceration Techniques on Nuclear DNA Amplification Using Human Bone. Journal of Forensic Sciences 55(4):1032-1038.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe (ed.) 2009. Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe and Steven A. Andersen. 2009. The Marty Miller Case: Introducing Forensic Anthropology.  In:  D.W. Steadman. Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. pp 8-28.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe and Lyle W. Konigsberg.  2009.  Multiple Points of Similarity (revised). pp 68-79.  In:  D.W. Steadman. Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. pp 68-79.
  • Konigsberg, Lyle, Bridget F.B. Algee-Hewitt and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. 2009.  Estimation and Evidence in Forensic Anthropology: Sex and Race. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139(1):77-90.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe, William Basler, Michael Hochrein and Dennis Klein.  2009.  Domestic Homicide Investigations: United States. In: World Archaeological Congress: Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology.  D.H. Ubelaker and S. Blau, eds. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. pp. 351-362.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe. 2008.  Warfare Related Trauma at Orendorf, a Middle Mississippian Site in West-Central Illinois.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 136(1):51-64.
  • Gassiot, Ermengol and Dawnie Wolfe Steadman. 2008.  The Political, Social and Scientific Contexts of Archaeological Investigations of Mass Graves in Spain. Archaeologies 4(3):429-444.
  • Congram, Derek and Dawnie L. Wolfe Steadman. 2008.  Distinguished Guests or Agents of Ingérence: Foreign Participation in Spanish Civil War Grave Excavations. Complutum 19(2):161-173.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe, Kris Sperry, Frederick Snow, Laura Fulginiti and Emily Craig. 2008. Forensic Anthropological Investigations of the Tri-State Crematorium Incident. In: Recovery, Analysis and Identification of Commingled Human Remains.  B.J. Adams and J. Byrd, eds. Totawa, NJ: Humana Press. pp 81-96.
  • Steadman, Dawnie L. Wolfe. 2008.  Simulation of Microevolutionary Principles (Or: Alleles That Don’t Melt in Your Hands).  In: Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 5th edition. P. Rice and D. McCurdy, eds. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. pp. 37-40.
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