Dr Xanthé Mallett

Dr Xanthé Mallett is a senior lecturer in Forensic Criminology at the University of New England, based at their campus in Parramatta, Sydney.

Dr Xanthé Mallett graduated with a Bachelor of Archaeological Sciences from the University of Bradford (UK) in 2002. In 2003, she gained her Research Masters in Biological Anthropological Sciences from the University of Cambridge and in 2007 she completed a PhD in Forensic Human Identification at the University of Sheffield (UK).

In 2010, Xanthé made History Cold Case  (BBC2), with a team from the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee. The series saw skeletons of everyday people from across the ages analysed in staggering detail, opening new windows on the history of our forebears. A second series was broadcast on BBC2 in 2011, and a third was produced for National Geographic Channel for the US market, but retitled The Decrypters

In 2010 Xanthé was awarded The Brian Cox Award for Excellence in Public Engagement of Research, an internal award within the University of Dundee (jointly awarded with S Black, C. Wilkinson, and P. Randolph-Quinney, CAHID).

Xanthé was the resident forensic expert on Wanted on Network Ten (2013), and researcher and host of a Channel Ten news special entitled Mothers who Murder aired to coincide with the publication of her first book, Mothers who Murder: And infamous miscarriages of justice (Random House, 2014). Xanthé continues to appear on Channel Ten as their resident forensic expert, most recently for The Project, presenting news pieces around current issues in criminal justice. She has also appeared on The History Channel’s Coast Australia in 2013 and 2014.

Xanthé has been published in various journals including the International Journal of Legal Medicine and the Journal of Forensic Sciences and regularly shares her expert knowledge in radio, television and newspaper interviews. 

Other academic papers, academic books, journals, and articles she has  co-authored and contributed to includes, BioMed Central, Medical Editor, (2006-2007), Climatic Influences on Craniofacial Variability in Modern Humans, (Oxford, 2007) and The DVI Casebook: Volume 1, (CRC Press, 2011).

She is passionate about bringing science to a wide audience through the use of visual media – and wants to inspire and excite others about science, encourage people to study science at school, and to inspire children to become career scientists.

Xanthé is managed in collaboration with Factual Management in the UK.