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Anna S. Duggar

Director of Forensic Chemistry

Anna S. Duggar
Anna S. Duggar

Anna S. Duggar became the full-time Director of the Forensic Chemistry program in the Department of Chemistry in 2010, after having worked in the Department as adjunct faculty starting in 2004. Her research interests include photon and electron microscopy of particulate evidence, false negative results in common tests for hemoglobin, bloodspatter pattern analysis, and the application of science to crime scene practice.

She is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School. Before coming to Loyola, she taught at the University of West Florida, Tulane University, and Tulane University City College, and taught at a number of police academies as an FBI-IDC POST-qualified instructor. From 2006 through 2010, she worked as Director of the New Orleans Police Department Crime Laboratory and has worked as a forensic analyst since 2000, first with Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City; then in Pensacola, FL, with Florida Department of Law Enforcement; then with New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab. Her casework has led to the provision of courtroom testimony in Criminal District Court in Orleans Parish and St. Tammany Parish, and in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. 

She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the McCrone Research Institute Alumni Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics. 

Recent Publications

  • Anna S. Duggar, Robert C. Shaler, and Peter R. DeForest. “Identification of initial and secondary stains in overlapping bloodspatter patterns.” Presentation made and abstract published in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA (2001).
  • Peter R. De Forest and Anna S. Duggar. “The importance of microscopy in forensic science casework.” Presentation made at the Eastern Analytical Symposium, Somerset, NJ (2014).
  • Mary Eng, Nicholas D. Petraco, Nicholas Petraco, and Anna S. Duggar. “The Microscopic Study of the Statistical Significance of Household Dust Specimens.” Presentation made and abstract published in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC (2013).
  • Alex J. Krotulski, Kei A. Osawa, and Anna S. Duggar. “False Negatives and Decreased Sensitivity of Heme Tests on a Leather Substrate: Incidence and Causes.” Poster presentation made and abstract published in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC (2013).
  • Anna S. Duggar and Rose Duryea. “Fulfilling the role of the forensic scientist: The New Orleans Police Department as a case study and argument for greater emphasis on actualized science.” Presentation made and abstract published in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, New Orleans, LA (2005).

Degrees

Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center (City University of New York), in process; M.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), 2000; B.A., Emory University, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Forensic Chemistry