Affiliate, Department of Anthropology
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Anthropology, 1989
Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1983
M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1979
B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1976
Forensic Anthropology, Human and Nonhuman Osteology
Dr. France is a forensic anthropologist who has been recognized as an expert by multiple district courts in Colorado and Wisconsin. She taught anthropology for several years at CSU and was the director for the university’s Laboratory of Human Identification for over 20 years. She now owns and directs the Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado, an independent laboratory. In addition, she owns France Custom Casting, which provides museum quality replicas of forensic specimens and fragile originals.
Dr. France has served four terms on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (the certification board for forensic anthropology), with five years as its president. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and was awarded the T. Dale Stewart Award by the Physical Anthropology section of the AAFS in 2010. She served eight years on the Board of Trustees of the Forensic Science Foundation, half of which she was its Vice Chairman. In 1989 she joined NecroSearch International, Inc., a multidisciplinary volunteer organization that assists law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and the recovery of remains and evidence from outdoor scenes.
In 2004, Dr. France was the subject of a biography entitled “Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France” by Lorraine Jean Hopping, published by Joseph Henry Press/Scholastic Press as one of a ten-volume series for school children “Women’s Adventure in Science” sponsored by the National Academies of Science. She is the author of three professional books and numerous other publications.