Welcome

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 Kalyanakrishnan SivaramakrishnanContact information for Academic Directors can be found here

News

July 3, 2016
When ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was removed from his country in March 2004 by the U.S. military, the pilots flying him abroad were given a destination they had never heard of — the Central African Republic (CAR). “Is that a real country?” they reportedly asked their superiors... Read more
July 1, 2016
Abstract: “Much recent literature has explored the vibrancy of African urban life, and how, despite the pervasive uncertainty, people develop means of operating on the scale of the world (to ‘world’ themselves). To what extent, however, are the exigencies of worlding from Africa determined by... Read more
June 3, 2016
Purpose: Perceptions of environmental adversity and access to economic resources in adolescence can theoretically affect the timing of life history transitions and investment in reproductive effort. Here we present evidence of correlations between variables associated with subjective extrinsic... Read more
June 2, 2016
“Background: Market integration (MI) – increasing production for and consumption from a market-based economy – is drastically altering traditional ways of life and environmental conditions among indigenous Amazonian peoples. The effects of MI on the biology and health of Amazonian children and... Read more
June 2, 2016
We’d like to extend our congratulations to María de las Mercedes Martínez, Eva Hoffman, and Priyankar Chand for winning this year’s departmental prizes. An overview of the prizes is below.  We’d additionally like to congratulate Eva Hoffman, one of 3 undergraduates in the entire... Read more