Todd W. Fenton

  • Associate Professor


Research Interests

  • Physical Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Human Osteology

Biographical Info

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. His current research is funded by the National Institute of Justice and is titled “A Forensic Pathology Tool to Predict Pediatric Skull Fracture Patterns”. He is a Co-PI on this project with Roger Haut, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, and Walt Smith, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine.

In terms of bioarchaeology, Dr. Fenton has three ongoing, long-term collaborative projects in Albania, including the prehistoric burial mound at Kamenica, the medieval cemetery at Rembec, and the Roman city of Butrint.

Dr. Fenton is also a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.



2010 (in press) Baumer T, Passalacqua NV, Powell B, Newberry W, Smith W, Fenton TW and Haut RC. “Age-Dependent Fracture Characteristics of Rigid and Compliant Surface Impacts on the Infant Skull-A Porcine Model.” Journal of Forensic Sciences.

2010 (in press) Baumer TG, Nashelsky M, Hurst CV, Passalacqua NV, Fenton TW, and Haut RC. “Characteristics and Prediction of Cranial Crush Injuries in Children.” Journal of Forensic Sciences.

2009 Baumer T, Powell P, Fenton TW, and Haut RC. “Age-Dependent Mechanical Properties of the Infant Porcine Skull and a Correlation to the Human.” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 131, no. 11, 111006.

2009 Fenton TW. Book Review of: “The Analysis of Burned Human Remains.” Journal of Forensic Sciences, January 2009.

2008 Fenton TW, Heard AN, and Sauer NJ “Skull-Photo Superimposition and Border Deaths: Identification Through Exclusion and the Failure to Exclude”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 53(1).

2008 Birkby WH, Fenton TW, and Anderson BE. “Identifying Southwest Hispanics Using Nonmetric Traits and the Cultural Profile”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 53(1).

2006 Lorenc Bejko, Todd Fenton and David Foran “Recent Advances in Albanian Mortuary Archaeology, Human Osteology and Ancient DNA,” in L. Bejko and R. Hodges eds. New Directions in Albanian Archaeology. International Centre for Albanian Archaeology Monograph Series No. 1, Tirana, 2006

2005 Rennick SL, Fenton TW, and Foran DR. “The Effects of Skeletal Preparation Techniques on DNA from Human and Nonhuman Bone”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 50, Issue 5, September.

2005 Rautman AR and Fenton TW. “A Case of Historic Cannibalism in the American West: Implications for Southwestern Archaeology”. American Antiquity, 70(2), pp. 321-341.

2005 Fenton TW, Stefan V, Wood L, Sauer NJ. “Symmetrical Fracturing of the Skull from Midline Contact Gunshot Wounds: Reconstruction of Individual Death Histories from Skeletonized Human Remains”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 50, Issue 2, March.

2005 Koot M, Fenton TW, and Sauer NJ. “Radiographic Human Identification Using Bones of the Hand: A Validation Study”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 50, Issue 2, March.

2003 Fenton TW, DeJong J, and Haut R.  “Punched With a Fist: The Etiology of a Depressed Cranial Fracture”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 48, No. 2, 277-281.

2003 Fenton TW, Birkby WH, and Cornelison JC.  “A Fast and Safe Nonbleaching Method for Forensic Skeletal Preparation”. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 48, No. 2, 274-276.

2002 Fenton TW.  Book Review of: Craniofacial Identification on Forensic Medicine. Journal of Forensic Sciences, January 2002.

1998    Green, T., Cochran, B., Fenton, T., Titmus, G., Tieszen, L., Davis, M.A., and S. Miller. The Buhl Burial: A Paleoindian Woman from Southern Idaho. American Antiquity, July 1998.

1995    Soren, D., Fenton, T. and W. Birkby.  The Late Roman Infant Cemetery Near Lugnano in Teverina, Italy: Some Implications. Journal of Paleopathology 7 (1): 13-42.