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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

News

December 7, 2016
“Luxury and Rubble,” a new book by Yale anthropologist Erik Harms, tells the tale of two urban developments in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese city formerly called Saigon. Phú Mỹ Hưng, a luxurious commercial and residential development, provides a home to members of Vietnam’s rising upper middle... Read more
December 6, 2016
Talia Katz, “Embodied Transformations: On Maternal Health in Peri-Urban Rwanda” Eleanor Marshall, “Borderline Paradise: An Ethnography of Battir, Palestine” Ryan McRae, “Growth, Trauma, and Death: A Forensic Analysis of Gorilla Skeletons”            December 13, 2016  6:00-8:30pm 10 Sachem Street... Read more
December 5, 2016
“Pastoral nomadism encompasses an array of specialized knowledge concerned with the daily rhythms and long-term tempos of caring for herd animals in order to extract subsistence livelihoods. It also embodies the relational lives of herders and the diverse ways in which herd animals structure the... Read more
November 30, 2016
Congratulations to Amy Zhang, whose paper “Ecologies of Enclosure: Reconfiguring the Black Soldier Fly for urban waste management in Guangzhou” was awarded the 2016 Roy Rappaport Award for the best student paper in environmental anthropology by the Anthropology and Environment Society of the AAA.... Read more
November 30, 2016
“This article explores the sacrificial symbolism of cacao (Theobroma sp.) on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, manifest in the iconography of ceramic objects and stone sculptures from the Classic period, in textual references from the colonial period, and in contemporary ethnographic data from the... Read more