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The University of Newcastle ranked in the world's top 150 for Sociology
The University of Newcastle Australia's sociology discipline is ranked in the top 150 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
Exploring the exciting complexities of the human race and the ever-changing societies we live in, sociology equips our students with transferable skills that lead to rewarding careers in diverse fields. Backed by experienced educators, the study of sociology puts the facets of modern life under the microscope and provides fascinating insights into how society works by examining the way we live.
Dr Xanthe Mallett
Armed with insatiable curiosity, an immense respect for the dead, and much expertise, forensic anthropologist, and criminologist Dr Xanthé Mallett brings to Newcastle her constant quest for truth and justice.
From fresh crime scenes and natural disasters through to ancient cold cases and cyber-crime, Xanthé is determined to uncover what occurred and maximize dignity for both deceased victims and those left behind.
Xanthé is internationally renowned for her work across several areas of research related to both forensic anthropology and criminology.
The identification of people using their DNA (both suspects in criminal investigations as well as missing or deceased persons) and developing our understanding of human craniofacial biometrics are major areas of interest.
Her knowledge of on-line child sex abuse and related behaviours, coupled with her role in developing ground breaking hand identification techniques, have been pivotal in securing several high profile pedophile convictions.
Another area of focus is understanding and combatting bias within legal proceedings, with Xanthé investigating cases she believes to be unjust.
A passionate educator, Xanthé began lecturing in Criminology at the University of Newcastle in early 2017.