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Genre: C:ADULT Mystery

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago and received her Ph. D. at Northwestern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr. Kathy Reichs is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in anthropology from American University in 1971. In 1972, she completed her Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University, and in 1975 she completed her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Since then, Reichs has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University and McGill University. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.Like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, she is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs has also been a producer for the TV series Bones.

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