Todd W. Fenton
- Associate Professor
- Director, MSU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
A419 East Fee Hall
- Physical Anthropology
- Forensic Anthropology
- Human Osteology
TODD FENTON is an Associate Professor of Anthropology specializing in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. His interests in forensic anthropology include the analysis of skeletal trauma as well as techniques in human identification. Dr. Fenton is a founding member of the NIST OSAC Anthropology subcommittee. He is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Forensic Sciences Foundation, and past Chair of the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. His current research is funded by the National Institute of Justice and is titled “Pediatric Fracture Printing: Creating a Science of Statistical Fracture Signature Analysis”. He is Co-PI on this project with Roger Haut, MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Anil Jain, MSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Joyce DeJong, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. This project is the follow up to his previous NIJ grant titled “A Forensic Pathology Tool to Predict Pediatric Skull Fracture Patterns”. In terms of bioarchaeology, Dr. Fenton directs the MSU Nubian Bioarchaeology Laboratory, which houses the Mis Island medieval human skeletal collection comprised of over 400 individuals. Dr. Fenton also has ongoing, long-term projects in Italy, including the medieval village of Apigliano, a collaboration with Paul Arthur at the University of Salento, Lecce. His latest field research is the Alberese Project, a collaboration with Alessandro Sebastiani of the University of Sheffield and Inge Hansen of John Cabot University. Previously, Dr. Fenton worked in Albania at the prehistoric burial mound at Kamenica, the medieval cemetery at Rembec, and the Roman city of Butrint.
2013 “Fracture characteristics of entrapped head impacts vs. controlled head drops in infant porcine specimens”. Powell BJ, Passalacqua NV, Fenton TW, Haut RC. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 58, No. 3, May 2013.
2013 “Personal Identification in Anthropology”. Carolyn V. Hurst, Angela Soler and Todd W. Fenton. In: Siegel JA and Saukko P, eds. Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, 2nd edition. Elsevier.
2012 “Developments in Skeletal Trauma: Blunt Force Trauma”. Nick Passalacqua and Todd W. Fenton. In Dirkmaat, ed. A Companion to Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Blackwell Publishing.
2012 “Human Identification Using Skull-Photo Superimposition and Forensic Image Comparison”. Norman Sauer, Amy Michael, and Todd W. Fenton. In Dirkmaat, ed. A Companion to Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Blackwell Publishing.
2012 “Fracture Patterns on the Infant Porcine Skull Following Severe Blunt Impact”. Powell BJ, Passalacqua NV, Baumer TG, Fenton TW, and Haut RC. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 57, No. 2, March 2012.
2012 “Osteological and Molecular Identification of Brucellosis in Ancient Butrint, Albania”. Mutolo MJ, Jenny LL, Buzek AR, Fenton TW, and Foran DR. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Feb;147(2):254-63.
2011 “A Radiographic Assessment of Pediatric Fracture Healing and Time Since Injury”. Malone CA, Sauer NJ, and TW Fenton. Journal of Forensic Sciences. Vol. 56, No. 5, September 2011.
2011 “Testing the Demirjian and the International Demirjian Dental Aging Methods on a Mixed Ancestry Urban American Subadult Sample from Detroit, MI”. Burt NM, Sauer N, and Fenton T. Journal of Forensic Sciences. Vol. 56, No. 5, September 2011.
2010 “Characteristics and Prediction of Cranial Crush Injuries in Children”. Baumer TG, Nashelsky M, Hurst CV, Passalacqua NV, Fenton TW, and Haut RC. Journal of Forensic Sciences. Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 1416-1421, November 2010.
2010 “Age-Dependent Fracture Characteristics of Rigid and Compliant Surface Impacts on the Infant Skull – A Porcine Model”. Baumer T, Passalacqua NV, Powell B, Newberry W, Smith W, Fenton TW and Haut RC. Journal of Forensic Sciences. Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 993–997, July 2010
2009 “Age-Dependent Mechanical Properties of the Infant Porcine Skull and a Correlation to the Human.” Baumer T, Powell P, Fenton TW, and Haut RC. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 131, no. 11, 111006.
2008 “Skull-Photo Superimposition and Border Deaths: Identification Through Exclusion and the Failure to Exclude”. Fenton TW, Heard AN, and Sauer NJ. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 53(1).
2008 “Identifying Southwest Hispanics Using Nonmetric Traits and the Cultural Profile”. Birkby WH, Fenton TW, and Anderson BE. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 53(1).
2006 “Recent Advances in Albanian Mortuary Archaeology, Human Osteology and Ancient DNA.” Lorenc Bejko, Todd Fenton and David Foran in L. Bejko and R. Hodges eds. New Directions in Albanian Archaeology. International Centre for Albanian Archaeology Monograph Series No. 1, Tirana, 2006
2005 “The Effects of Skeletal Preparation Techniques on DNA from Human and Nonhuman Bone”. Rennick SL, Fenton TW, and Foran DR. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 50, Issue 5, September.
2005 “A Case of Historic Cannibalism in the American West: Implications for Southwestern Archaeology”. Rautman AR and Fenton TW. American Antiquity, 70(2), pp. 321-341.
2005 “Symmetrical Fracturing of the Skull from Midline Contact Gunshot Wounds: Reconstruction of Individual Death Histories from Skeletonized Human Remains”. Fenton TW, Stefan V, Wood L, Sauer NJ. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 50, Issue 2, March.
2005 “Radiographic Human Identification Using Bones of the Hand: A Validation Study”. Koot M, Fenton TW, and Sauer NJ. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 50, Issue 2, March.
2003 “Punched With a Fist: The Etiology of a Depressed Cranial Fracture”. Fenton TW, DeJong J, and Haut R. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 48, No. 2, 277-281.
2003 “A Fast and Safe Nonbleaching Method for Forensic Skeletal Preparation”. Fenton TW, Birkby WH, and Cornelison JC. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 48, No. 2, 274-276.
1998 “The Buhl Burial: A Paleoindian Woman from Southern Idaho”. Green, T., Cochran, B., Fenton, T., Titmus, G., Tieszen, L., Davis, M.A., and S. Miller. American Antiquity, July 1998.
1995 “The Late Roman Infant Cemetery Near Lugnano in Teverina, Italy: Some Implications”. Soren, D., Fenton, T. and W. Birkby. Journal of Paleopathology 7 (1): 13-42.