Meet Dr. Xanthe Mallett BSc, MPhil(CANTAB), PhD, a Forensic Anthropologist and Criminologist. She also released a new TV series titled “Wanted”, so check it out! If you’ve been following this blog series, then you know that our goal is to highlight the accomplishments of women forensic science professionals. They INSPIRE us all because women in forensics rock! Read the interview below.
What is your profession?
Forensic anthropologist and criminologist
What inspiration did you have to enter your profession?
Hard question! At undergraduate, I really enjoyed all of the evolution and bone-related modules, so I focused on those. Then through attendance at conferences throughout my undergraduate and Masters degrees, I was exposed to forensic work and made the decision that I was going to use my skills to help solve crimes.
What classes do you need to take in high-school and/or college to prepare for your profession?
To become a forensic anthropologist, which is what all of my degrees including my PhD are in, you really need to focus on the sciences – biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Languages can also be very useful, with a good grasp of English.
Did you have a mentor?
Absolutely. But not until after my PhD. Professor Sue Black, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist has been an absolute inspiration for me. Not that I ever expect to follow in her esteemed footsteps, but to have had the chance to learn from her is a real privilege.
Is there anything you want to tell the readers of AWIFS (words of encouragement, challenges hobbies, special interests, etc.)?
Nothing comes for free, and although I am really, really lucky to be doing a job I love, I have also worked very hard. And I suppose if I could offer words of advice or encouragement, I would say just that – work hard and you can achieve your goals. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. But the choices are yours, and only perseverance will win out. Being stubborn and nosy doesn’t hurt either – one of the few professions where those characteristics are of benefit!
Thank you for sharing Dr. Mallett!
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