Dr Xanthe Mallett

Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences

Xanthe Mallett

Phone: +61 2 9689 4815

Mobile: +61 (0) 477 735 880

Email: xmallett@une.edu.au

Twitter: @XantheMallett

Biography

Dr Xanthé Mallett has over 8 years experience as a forensic anthropologist.  In her professional capacity as a forensic anthropologist, she has undertaken casework and research. A number of high profile cases have recently been covered in the national and international press in which pedophiles were successfully prosecuted, partially as a result of hand comparison evidence produced by the human identification team at the Centre in Dundee, UK, of which Dr Mallett was a member.

Qualifications

BSc (Bradford), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Sheffield).

Memberships

Public Outreach

Dr Xanthé Mallett is actively involved in educational outreach, aiming to engage young people with the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics), and encourage uptake throughout educational careers and on in to industry.

As part of her outreach activity, she has presented three television series focusing on using forensic human identification techniques to learn about archaeological remains, two for the BBC in the UK (aired 2010 and 2011), and one for National Geographic Channel in the US (airing 2012), as well as a piece for BBC1's National Treasures television program (2011).  She has given numerous radio and television interviews, and publishes in academic journals, books, as well as in popular media.

2010 – BBC2 History Cold Case, UK Series 1

Xanthe was a contributor to this 4-part televised documentary series shown on BBC2 and National Geographic channels.  The first part of the series aired at 21:00 on 06/05/2010, then weekly for three weeks, and was aimed at engaging the general public with science and history.  The series focuses on the analysis of skeletal remains, and is an engaging synergy between science and history.  A book may be produced to accompany the series.  

2010 – BBC2 History Cold Case, UK Series 2

Xanthe was a contributor to the BBC2 History Cold Case, UK Series 2. This 4-part televised documentary series was shown on BBC2 and National Geographic channels. The first part aired at 21:00 on 23/06/2011, then weekly for three weeks.

2011 – National Geographic Channel History Cold Case, US Series 1

Contributor to a 4-part televised documentary series to be shown on the National Geographic Channel airing between October and December 2011.  A book may be produced to accompany the series.

2011 – BBC1 National Treasures

Presenter on the BBC1 National Treasures for the  historic piece on Jack the Ripper as part of a 'magazine-style' format, putting science at the heart of BBC1's programming airing at 19:30 on 31/08/2011.

Research Interests

Xanthé's research interests relate to the behaviour patterns of pedophiles, and specifically the use of the Internet as a distribution  mechanism between groups of individuals involved in child sexual abuse. Dr Mallett also continues to investigate the quantifiable assessment of  the human hands, also in relation to investigating cases of alleged  child sexual abuse. Currently she is developing an innovative research  stream relating to hand comparison analysis using various shape and  pattern-based systems. She also undertakes research into social  responses to experts and the evidence they provide in criminal  proceedings, and extraneous influences on evidential evaluation by the  public, including perceived prejudice and bias in decision making.

Xanthé has also worked on a major collaborative biometrics project in  association with the FBI, relating to facial recognition, and she  maintains an interest in this area.  This work is based in the fact that  faces are thought to be very individuating, but their use in court to  identify potential criminals has remained problematic as no method of  comparison – with associated known error rates – has been accepted by  the relevant scientific community.  She is particularly interested in  the legal admissibility of these evidence types.

Publications

Mallett X., and Sutisno M. (2016) Anthropology: Overview. In: Payne-James J. and Byard R.W. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2nd editon, Vol. 1, pp. 196-206. Oxford: Elsevier. 

Barron, D. and X. Mallett, The Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, April 15, 1989, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 109-125.

Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US.

Black, S.M., X. Mallett, C. Rynn, and N. Duffield, Forensic Hand Image Comparison as an Aid for Paedophile Investigations. Police Professional, 2009. 184: p. 21-24.

Brunskill, S. and X. Mallett, Operation Lund -Morecombe Bay Cockling Disaster, February 5, 2004, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 207-222.

Dawson, C., D. Ross, and X. Mallett, Sex Determination, in Forensic Anthropology: 2000-2010, S.M. Black and E. Ferguson, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 61-94.

Evison, M.P., I. Dryden, N.R.J. Fieller, X.D.G. Mallett, L. Morecroft, D. Schofield, and R.W. Vorder Bruegge, Key Parameters of Face Shape Variation in 3D in a Large Sample. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2010. 55: p. 159-162.

Galloway, G. and X. Mallett, The Lockerbie Bombing, December 21, 1988, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 89-107.

Mallett, X., Admissibility, in Computer-Aided Forensic Facial Comparison, M.P. Evison and R.W. Vorder Bruegge, Editors. 2010, Taylor & Francis: New York. p. 139-145.

Mallett, X. Is This the Face of Jack the Ripper? For the BBC (Eurpoe) online magazine. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14207581

Mallett, X.D.G., Facial Identification for the Courts: Science, statistics and law. 2006, University of Sheffield: Sheffield, UK.

Mallett, X.D.G., I. Dryden, R.W. Vorder Bruegge, and M.P. Evison, An Exploration of Sample Representativeness in Anthropometric Facial Comparison. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2010. 55: p. 1025-1031.

Mallett, X. & Evison, M. 2006. Topical Issues in Forensic Statistics. Indian Journal of Physical Anthropology and Genetics, 25, 259-273.

Randolph-Quinney, P.S., X. Mallett, and S. Black, Forensic Anthropology, in Wiley Encyclopaedia of Forensic Sciences, Volume 1, A. Jamieson, Editor. 2009, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: pp. 152-178: Chichester. p. 152-178.

Walker, G. and X. Mallett, The Marchioness River Boat Disaster, August 20, 1989, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 127-141.

Walker, G. and X. Mallett, Rail Incidents, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 173-188.

Walker, G. and X. Mallett, London Bus and Underground Bombings, July 7, 2005, in The DVI Casebook: Experience and practice, Black, S., G. Sunderland, L. Hackman, and X. Mallett, Editors. 2011, CRC Press: Boca Raton, US. p. 223-237.

Interviews

2009

Bid to Identify Murder Victim – BBC Television News Interview – 26/03/2009

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/school_report/7966906.stm

2010

History Cold Case – Interview for a written article in the Sunday Mail – 19/06/2011

History Cold Case – Interview for a written article in the Jewish Chronicle

History Cold Case – BBC Radio Norfolk – 23/06/2011

History Cold Case – BBC Radio York – 30/06/2011

History Cold Case – BBC Radio York – 08/07/2011

History Cold Case – Radio Tay, Dundee – 13/07/2011

Is this the face of Jack the Ripper? – Radio Tay, Dundee – 30/08/2011

Is this the face of Jack the Ripper? – BBC Radio Scotland – 31/08/2011

British Ripper expert unmasks face of suspect – Toronto Star – 07/09/2011

Research Supervision Experience

Forensic anthropology, human craniofacial biometrics, behaviour patterns of pedophiles, the use of the Internet in child sexual abuse.