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 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
April 12, 2017
Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla’s new book, “Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya” is now available for purchase from Yale University Press.  This nuanced account explores Maya mythology through the lens of art, text, and culture. It offers an important reexamination of the mid-16th-century Popol... Read more
April 5, 2017
Gao Yufang, a first-year PHD student in the combined PhD Program between Forestry & Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Yale University was recently cited for his work on Rhino conservation in an article that appeared in Scientific American. Click here to read the article in Scientific... Read more
April 5, 2017
In order to promote scholarship in South Asian Studies, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) announces the award of two prizes each year for the best unpublished book manuscript on an Indian subject in the humanities and social sciences. This year one of those prizes went to our student... Read more
March 5, 2017
Congratulations to graduate student Kendall Arslanian on receiving the Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship. Kendall won this fellowship for her project “Nutritonal and genetic correlates of infant adiposity in Samoa”. Kendall’s study will investigate whether a missense... Read more