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 Paul KockelmanContact information for Academic Directors can be found here

News

June 15, 2017
Researchers from Yale University, together with partners at universities in Canada, Jordan, and the United Kingdom, have developed a brief and reliable survey tool to measure resilience in children and adolescents who have been displaced by the brutal conflict in Syria. “Humanitarian organizations... Read more
June 6, 2017
In the evolutionary past, women spent most of their reproductive lives either pregnant or in lactational amenorrhea, and rarely menstruated. The current pattern of frequent menses, and the associated increase in endogenous hormonal exposure, has been implicated in the current breast cancer epidemic... Read more
June 1, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Louisa Lombard, recipient of a 2017 U.S. Institute of Peace Peace Peace and Security Early Career Scholar Award (ECSA). The award supports research by early career scholars working on global issues of security and peace.  Professor Lombard’s most recent work, ... Read more
May 31, 2017
Earth’s earliest primates dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to an analysis of a 62-million-year-old partial skeleton discovered in New Mexico — the oldest-known primate skeleton. The skeleton was discovered in the San Juan Basin by Thomas Williamson, curator of paleontology at the... Read more
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