Forensic Institute for Research and Education

Dr. Hugh Berryman

Dr. Hugh Berryman


Curriculum Vitae


Hugh E. Berryman received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Currently, he is a research professor with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Forensic Institute for Research and Education at Middle Tennessee State University. He served on the faculty of the Department of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, and as Director of the Regional Forensic Center, Memphis, Tennessee from 1980 to 2000. While in Memphis, he taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis, and provided lectures at the Smithsonian Institute, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Nashville. In 2000, he provided private consulting in forensic anthropology and was Associate Director of the Southern Institute of Forensic Sciences until 2005. During this time he co-taught courses at the University of New Orleans, Colorado State University, and Missouri Western. Dr. Berryman provides forensic anthropology consultation to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (U.S. war dead identification), and the Office of the Tennessee State Medical Examiner. He is serving his third term on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists. In addition to forensic anthropology, Dr. Berryman is a Master Tracking Instructor and for years has provided visual mantracking training to law enforcement and military in both the United States and Canada. His research interests include bone trauma and bone fracture interpretation, and he has published in excess of 50 articles in scientific journals and as chapters in books. Most recently, he was invited to be a member of a scientific research team under the direction of the Smithsonian Institute to examine Kennewick Man, a 9300-year-old skeleton from the Columbia River Valley in Washington.