Faculty

Erin H. Kimmerle (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology; Graduate Certificate Director for Crime Scene Reconstruction for Violent Crimes; and the Director for the Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science (IFAAS) at the University of South Florida. Her research is in the areas of human rights and forensic anthropology. Specifically, it is focused in the areas of skeletal trauma and pathology, identification, and human variation. Currently, she oversees a number of state wide projects including the Tampa Bay Cold Case Project and the Investigations into Deaths and Burials at the Former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. She is the co-author of the book, Skeletal Trauma: Identification of Injuries in Human Rights Abuse and Armed Conflict (with Jose Pablo Baraybar, CRC Press, 2008); has published and presented more than 100 articles, case reports, and scientific papers; and organized over twenty workshops and symposia. She teaches in the areas of forensic anthropology, osteology, skeletal biology, forensic science, cold case investigations, and human rights.  Email: kimmerle@usf.edu

 

Charlotte Braziel (M.Sc.) is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of South Florida. She recently retired from the FBI after serving twenty-six years. While serving as a Special Agent, Braziel was assigned to White collar, Bank Fraud, Health Care Fraud, and Human Trafficking investigative matters as well as major Organized Crime and Terrorists investigations. Charlotte Braziel was the senior team leader for the Tampa Evidence Response Team and responsible for budget compliance, organization and direction of crime scene operations for sixteen years. She also has special certifications in Hazardous Material and Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Braziel was certified as an FBI Instructor and has taught crime scene management, case management, informant development, presentation skills and defensive tactics classes internationally and domestically. Email: cfbraziel@usf.edu

 

Michelle A. Doherty (J.D.) is a career prosecutor currently assigned to the Major Crimes/Homicide Division in the Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Tampa Florida and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of South Florida. Doherty graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Upon graduating law school, she was hired as an entry level attorney with the Office of the State Attorney. Doherty worked her way up the ranks achieving the positions of Lead Trial Attorney, Deputy Chief and Felony Division Chief. Michelle Doherty is an experienced attorney with over 15 years of criminal trial experience. In her current specialty position, Doherty’s sole focus is prosecuting homicide cases. She is responsible for handling all stages of the homicide case from its initial investigation of the crime and charging decision to its final resolution-the criminal jury trial. Throughout her career, Doherty has had extensive experience preparing and conducting the direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses in various forensic fields, law enforcement officers, crime scene investigators, victims and lay witnesses. Doherty is currently licensed and admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.    
Email: madoherty@usf.edu

Teri DeWitt (M.Sc.) is a Crime Scene Investigator at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office with thirteen years of experience. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her degrees include a Master of Science in Pharmacy with an emphasis in Forensic Science and a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Florida. Additionally she holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigations from the University of Florida and a A.S. in Crime Scene Technology from the St. Petersburg College. She is a Certified Forensic Biologist by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has eight years of teaching experience in the areas of Forensic Science, Crime Scene Reconstruction, and Death Investigations. She is a part-time instructor at the HCSO Law Enforcement Academy and for the Forensic Science Initiative at the West Virginia University in the NIJ-funded bi-annual Continuing Education for Forensic Professionals Program since 2009.  Email: tdewitt@usf.edu

 

Jose Pablo Baraybar (Ph.D.) is a forensic anthropologist and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of South Florida.  He is the Executive Director of the Peruvian Forensic Team (EPAF) and worked as Chief Forensic Anthropologist at the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, United Nations serving as an expert witness. Jose Pablo Baraybar has led his team of forensic specialists to provide training on forensic anthropology, missing and unidentified persons, and human rights in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, the Philippines, Ecuador, Brazil and Somaliland. He a veteran trainer in forensic-based Human Rights investigations. The model of intervention he has branded is based on a South-South perspective to assist victims in their path to citizenship using a holistic approach combining both retributive and restorative approaches. He teaches courses in forensic anthropology, human osteology, trauma analysis, and human rights. Email: josebaraybar@usf.edu

 


Thomas Dirks (M.Sc.) is a Master Detective at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Dirks graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, with an emphasis in critical incident management. He has also obtained post-graduate certificates through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that focus on homeland security issues. Tom Dirks has been with the HCSO for over 20 years, and has spent the last 7 years as a homicide investigator. Although currently assigned to the Homicide Section within the Criminal Investigations Division, Tom is also a Field Training Officer within the Homicide Section and has experience working in the Crimes Against Persons Section as a Unit Detective. During his time in Homicide, Tom has worked hundreds of death investigations, including high-profile homicides, multiple-victim homicides, juvenile death investigations, death row cases, suicide investigations, justifiable homicides, stand-your-ground homicides, and investigations involving deadly force utilized by Law Enforcement Officers. Email: tdirks@usf.edu