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.


August 7, 2015
Yale University, Department of Anthropology anticipates making a tenure-track appointment in anthropological genetics at the starting assistant professor level, beginning on July 1, 2016.   Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated research interests in genetic approaches to issues in... Read more
August 6, 2015
Effective July 1, 2015, Professors Doug Rogers and Bill Honeychurch were promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.  Rogers is a sociocultural anthropologist conducting research on energy, ethics, socialisms and postsocialisms, oil and gas, primarily in Russia.  Honeychurch is an archaeologist... Read more
August 5, 2015
Brian Wood, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded an NSF “RAPID: Time Critical Preservation of Hunter-Gatherer Ethnographic Data” Award.  The aim of this project is to compile, preserve, and enable the analysis and publication of important ethnographic data... Read more
August 4, 2015
Harold W. Scheffler, professor emeritus of anthropology 1963-2008, died peacefully at his home in New Haven on July 24.  He was 83.   Scheffler was considered one of modern anthropology’s most important scholars of kinship, and his 45 years as professor of anthropology on the Yale faculty (1963-... Read more
June 21, 2015
“Easy access to electricity and artificial light triggers a measurable reduction in human sleep, according to a new study of hunter-gatherer communities in Argentina. Researchers studied two groups of Toba/Qom hunter-gatherers indigenous to the Chaco region of northeastern Argentina. The... Read more