17 December 1976 (age 44) (
Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Sheffield PhD, 2007Cambridge MA, 2003Bradford BA, 2002
forensic anthropologist, criminologist, TV presenter
Caroline Wilkinson, Scott Lilienfeld, Steve Taylor (author)
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Xanthé D. Mallett (pronounced /ˈzænθi/; born 17 December 1976) is a Scottish forensic anthropologist, criminologist and television presenter. She specialises in human craniofacial biometrics and hand identification, and behaviour patterns of paedophiles, particularly online. She is currently a professor at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
Decomposition in an Australian Environment
Mallett was born in 1976 in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Her father was an engineer and her mother a former dancer. Mallet herself was a dancer, and from age 9 attended the Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire. She was also active in other sports, such as tennis, and planned to take a degree in physical education. However, a car accident severely damaged her knee and required 10 surgeries.
She received her bachelor's degree in archaeology from the University of Bradford, a master's degree in anthropology at the University of Cambridge and her doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Sheffield.
For five years, she worked at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where she was also a professor of anthropology. Mallet stated that her interest in criminology began to increase, which led her to move to Australia in 2012. "My casework experience helped me to realise that I was becoming more interested in investigating the behaviours behind the crimes, rather than identifying the victims and offenders from physical evidence they leave behind," she said. She is now a lecturer at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales.
Mallett has been published in various academic journals including the International Journal of Legal Medicine and the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In 2014, she published the book Mothers Who Murder: And Infamous Miscarriages of Justice about mothers who kill their own children.
Mallett worked as a forensic anthropologist on the BBC2 series History Cold Case in 2010-2011. The series involved Mallett and other experts working to find cause of death for human remains dating from Roman times to Victorian England. She also starred in the U.S. version of the series, which aired on the National Geographic Channel as The Decrypters.
In Australia, Mallett presented the series Wanted in 2013 and is a co-host of Coast Australia.
In 2014, she presented a television special, Mothers Who Murder, on Channel Ten that coincided with the release of her book. In the special, she met with families and police to investigate what led to the murders. One of the women she profiled was Rachel Pfitzner, who killed her 2-year-old son, Dean Shillingsworth, in 2007.