Thomas D. Holland, PhD

Dr. Holland is the senior-executive-level Director of Partnerships and Innovations for Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at the Pentagon.  DPAA is the governmental agency tasked with recovering and identifying U.S. military members still missing from past wars.  He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Missouri, and a JD from the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law.  

From 1992 – 2015, Dr. Holland was the Scientific Director of DoD’s Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where he oversaw the identifications of over 1600 American service members.  During that time, he also led excavations of crash and burial sites in China, North and South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Kuwait, and Iraq.  He was instrumental in the U.S. response to the post 9-11 recovery and identification efforts, as well as the U.S. response to the 2004 Tsunami that struck Thailand and the Indian Ocean. 

In 2014 he received the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Stewart Award for Lifetime Achievement in Forensic Anthropology.  He is widely published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Antiquity, the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Current Anthropology, Studies in Archaeological Method and Theory, Quaternary Research, Missouri Archaeologist, Plains Anthropologist, Columbia University’s Science and Technology Law Review, Boston University’s American Journal of Law and Medicine, as well as legal reviews and numerous scholarly book chapters.  He is a novelist, and has two novels published by Simon and Schuster.  

He is a consultant to the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Forensic Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and is a past scientific consultant to the International Commission for Missing Persons for the former Yugoslavia.  Dr. Holland also is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, a past Chair of the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the current Chair of the Department of Justice Committee on Forensic Anthropology.  He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Holland and his wife, Mary Smart Holland, are natives of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  They have two sons.