Allysha Winburn


Dr. Allysha Winburn is an assistant professor of anthropology. 

She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A biological anthropologist with forensic and bioarchaeological expertise, her research focuses on skeletal aging and age estimation, and the ritual use of human remains. 

In addition to her work in academia, Winburn has served multiple roles in the field as a forensic anthropologist. Currently, she is the consulting forensic anthropologist for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and Florida’s District 1 Medical Examiner’s Office. Previously, she was a forensic anthropologist for the Department of Navy, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC); forensic anthropology analyst at the University of Florida’s C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (CAPHIL); and forensic technician with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Emergency Recovery of World Trade Center Remains operation.  

Winburn has held a variety of leadership roles within the field of forensic anthropology, including Quality Assurance Coordinator at the CAPHIL and Interim Project Manager for the JPAC’s “K-208 Project,” a commingled assemblage of human remains dating to the Korean War.  She is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Anthropology Section, and a Registered Professional Archaeologist.

Degrees & Institutions:

Winburn received a bachelor’s degree in archaeological studies from Yale University, master’s degree in anthropology from New York University, and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida.   


Forensic Anthropology and Race


    Allysha P. Winburn, Antaya L. Jennings, Dawnie W. Steadman, and Elizabeth A. DiGangi (in press).  Ancestral Diversity in Skeletal Collections: Perspectives on African-American Body Donation. Forensic Anthropology (special issue on Diversity and Inclusion).
    Allysha P. Winburn, Michala K. Stock (2019).  Reconsidering Osteoarthritis as a Skeletal Indicator of Age at Death.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 170:459-473.
    Carme Rissech, Allysha P. Winburn, Marta San-Millán, Jaume Sastre, Jairo Rocha (2019).  The Acetabulum as an Adult Age Marker and the New IDADE2 (the IDADE2 Web Page). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 169:757-764.
    Allysha P. Winburn (2019).  Validation of the Acetabulum as a Skeletal Indicator of Age at Death in Modern European-Americans.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 64:989-1003.
    Allysha P. Winburn (2018).  Subjective with a Capital S? Issues of Objectivity in Forensic Anthropology.  In Forensic Anthropology:  Theoretical Framework and Scientific Basis, 1st Edition (Cliff and Donna Boyd, editors).  Chapter 2, pp. 21-37.  John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Hoboken, NJ.
    Michala K. Stock, Allysha P. Winburn, George H. Burgess (2017).  Skeletal Indicators of Shark Feeding on Human Remains:  Evidence from Florida Forensic Anthropology Cases.  Journal of Forensic Sciences 62:1647-1654.
    Allysha P. Winburn, Katie M. Rubin, Carrie B. LeGarde, Janet E. Finlayson (2017).  Use of Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques in the Resolution of a Small-Scale Medicolegal Case of Commingled Human Remains.  Florida Scientist 80:24-37.
    Allysha P. Winburn, Raphael Martinez, Sarah K. Schoff (2017).  Afro-Cuban Ritual Use of Human Remains:  Medicolegal Considerations.  Journal of Forensic Identification 67:1-30.
    Allysha P. Winburn, Sarah K. Schoff, Michael W. Warren (2016).  Assemblages of the Dead:  Interpreting the Biocultural and Taphonomic Signature of Afro-Cuban Palo Practice in Florida.  Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 5:1-37.

Keywords: forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human osteology, human evolution, skeletal biology, medicolegal, medical examiner, age at death, age estimation, aging, arthritis