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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

Professor Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan
May 19, 2017
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Professor Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan is the recipient of the 2017 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Graduate Mentor Award in the Social Sciences. Each year the Yale GSAS, in collaboration with Graduate Student Assembly,... Read more
ANTH S110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
May 19, 2017
An introduction to the central ideas, methods, and debates that make up the anthropological study of human thought and behavior. Survey of dynamic ways of life in many different societies; outline of the ways anthropologists have tried to understand societies. Hands-on ethnographic research... Read more
Talia Katz
May 18, 2017
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that the 2017 Sapir Prize for best senior essay in socio-cultural anthropology goes to Talia Katz for her essay entitled “Embodied Transformations: Pregnancy and the Politics of Social Support in Peri-Urban Rwanda.” Building from sensitive... Read more
Reed Morgan
May 18, 2017
The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that the 2017 Michael D. Coe Prize for best senior essay in archaeology goes to Reed Morgan for his essay entitled “An Overview of English Church Archaeology: Its Development and Practice.” The Coe Prize is awarded annually to the most... Read more
ANTH S464 Human Osteology
May 17, 2017
A lecture and laboratory course focusing on the characteristics of the human skeleton and its use in studies of functional morphology, paleodemography, and paleopathology. Laboratories familiarize students with skeletal parts; lectures focus on the nature of bone tissue, its biomechanical... Read more