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Susan Black

Susan Black

Baroness Black of Strome DBE FRS


Elected: 2023


Sue Black is a human anatomist and forensic anthropologist working in the area of human identification. She was Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University between 2003 and 2018 and Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University until 2022.


She is currently President of St. John’s College, Oxford.  Her current research focuses on identification of perpetrators of crime from images.  She is also an expert witness in areas of criminal dismemberment and children's remains.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Society of Biology.  She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for her work in war crimes in Kosovo and a DBE in 2016 for services to Forensic Anthropology.  She was made a life peer in 2022.

Professional positions

President, St. John's College, University of Oxford

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Computer sciences
    • Systems, including networking
  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Biological Anthropology


Human identification, biometrics, forensic investigations

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