Criteria for Membership:

(1) Applicant must be actively engaged in forensic anthropology casework. They may be employed by or consulting for a Medical Examiner, Coroner’s Office, related governmental agency, or practicing at an academic institution at the time of application.

(2) Applicant must have obtained a MA/MS or Ph.D. in Anthropology (or related field) with a focus in biological anthropology and graduate training in forensic anthropological casework. Related degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

(3) If the applicant is in a Ph.D. program, they must submit a letter from a faculty sponsor at their institution confirming that the applicant is involved in active analysis and interpretation in forensic anthropology casework.

(4) Applicant must fit one of the following criteria:

A) have active membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Anthropology Section, and/or

B) have active membership in the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and/or

C) submit a letter from a medicolegal agency confirming your status as a consulting anthropologist for that agency

(5) Applicant must be sponsored by a current SOFA member. If you are not acquainted with any SOFA members, please contact the SOFA Secretary ( for assistance.