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William D. Haglund, PhD

Position: Senior Forensic Consultant
Affiliation: University of Washington, Seattle
William D. Haglund, PhD

William D. Haglund is a forensic anthropologist and author of numerous publications on forensics. In December 1995 he became the United Nations' Senior Forensic Advisor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia. His work with the United Nations and PHR have included investigation of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity and genocide. He has organized and directed forensic assessments and investigations in numerous countries, including Guatemala, Honduras, Rwanda, Somaliland, Georgia/Abkhazia, the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Haglund's numerous publications have addressed issues such as outdoor scene processing for human remains, taphonomy, and human identification. Among these are two co-edited volumes: Taphonomy: the Postmortem Fate of Human Remains and Advances in Forensic Taphonomy: Method, Theory, and Archaeological Perspectives. He is also a co-author of the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Manual. He has been an affiliate member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Medical Examiners, is a past three-time president of the Washington State Coroner/Medical Examiner's Association, and is a fellow of the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Haglund teaches medical legal death investigation courses through the University of Washington Extension Program and Washington State Association of County Officials and conducts international workshops, seminars, lectures, and training programs. He serves on the Board of Directors, Institute for International Criminal Investigations (ICCI), and advisory boards of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, and University of Washington Forensic Certificate Program.

Dr. Haglund served as Director of PHR's International Forensic Program from 1998-2006, and is currently a Senior Forensic Consultant to the IFP. He received his BS degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine and his PhD in Physical Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He served as Chief Medical Investigator of the King County Medical Examiner's Office, Seattle, Washington, for 14 years.

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