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.


May 10, 2015
We’re very proud of our seniors: Sophie Swanson, Riley Rice, and Ariana Fernandez. More information about their winning essays is below: Anthropology:   Edward Sapir Prize in Sociocultural/Linguistic Anthropology Sophie Anne Swanson, Morse College, Class of 2015, for her essay “Heritage at... Read more
May 2, 2015
Ruoxi Yu, an undergraduate in Berkeley College, was recently awarded a 2015 Williams Prize for her essay “The Girl with the Peanut Necklace: Experiences of Infertility and in vitro Fertilization in China”. Ruoxi is advised by Professor Marcia Inhorn and Visiting Professor Susan Brownell. The... Read more
May 2, 2015
“Using published and new data from a population of monogamous owl monkeys in the Argentinean Chaco, I examine the hypothesis that social monogamy is a default social system imposed upon males because the spatial and/or temporal distribution of resources and females makes it difficult for a single... Read more
April 29, 2015
“In this article, I examine producers’ interpretations of economic downturn in an Alaskan commercial fishery to shed light on how workers endure ongoing capitalist vicissitudes and how capitalism itself endures. I focus on Alaska’s salmon industry, which has weathered many ups and downs. In... Read more