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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

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
February 16, 2017
Luisa Cortesi, a student in the combined PhD program in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded the Curl Essay Prize for 2016 given by the Royal Anthropological Institute UK) for the best essay relating to the results or analysis of anthropological work. She wins... Read more
February 6, 2017
The Yale Biological Anthropology Laboratories (YBAL) recently hosted a student from New Haven’s Wilbur Cross High School (WCHS) as part of National Job Shadow Day.  This day is celebrated each year in connection with Groundhog Day—the groundhog sees its shadow and students “shadow” jobs they’re... Read more
January 24, 2017
Abstract Objectives The Toba/Qom of Namqom are an indigenous community native to the Gran Chaco region of northern Argentina. Historically seminomadic foragers, the diet of peri-urban community members has rapidly changed from high-protein, high-fiber to hypercaloric, processed. This study aims to... Read more
January 18, 2017
“The plight of Earth’s primates has prompted researchers around the world to call for sweeping societal changes before hundreds of non-human species are driven to extinction. Thirty-one prominent scientists, including Yale University biological anthropologist Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, recently co-... Read more