Yale University’s Department of Anthropology was officially founded in 1937 and traces its origins of research and teaching to work done within the Peabody Museum of Natural History (1866) and the Institute of Human Relations (1928). The Department is home to over 30 faculty and nearly 120 graduate students and undergraduate majors.

The Director of Graduate Studies is David Watts. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Paul KockelmanContact information for Academic Directors can be found here


April 27, 2017
Congratulations to Myles Lennon, a third-year student in the combined PhD program in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies, who has received an Individual Research Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to support his dissertation field work on a project entitled “Subjects of the Sun... Read more
April 27, 2017
Congratulations to Meredith McLaughlin, a third-year PhD student in sociocultural anthropology, who has received an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, New York, to support her dissertation field research in India for the project entitled “... Read more
April 27, 2017
Congratulations to Sayd Randle, a sixth-year student in the combined PhD program in Forestry & Environmental Studies who is the recipient of an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation completion fellowship to support the final stages of writing her dissertation titled “Replumbing the City: Climate Adaptation... Read more
April 27, 2017
Join us for prospectus presentations from students Elizabeth Berk, Myles Lennon, Meredith McLaughlin, and Emily Nguyen. This workshop will be held on May 2nd, 2017, 9:30am-1:30pm. Lunch will be served at 11:30am.
April 13, 2017
Abstract Museum collections are critical resources for examining comparative anatomy, developmental biology and life history hypotheses. Evaluation of skeletal collections provides insight into spatiotemporal, species, population and individual variation associated with environmental, social and... Read more