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


October 22, 2016
“According to legend, the Explorers Club — a society of scientific adventurers — served its members a prehistoric dish at its annual dinner in 1951. By some accounts, the mystery meat was woolly mammoth; by others, extinct giant sloth. Now DNA analysis has provided a definitive answer — and... Read more
October 18, 2016
Abstract Objectives Time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular health, yet few humans living in industrialized societies meet current recommendations (150 min/week). Researchers have long suggested that human physiological requirements for... Read more
October 18, 2016
Recent decades have seen rapid development of new analytical methods to investigate patterns of interspecific variation. Yet these cutting-edge statistical analyses often rely on data of questionable origin, varying accuracy, and weak comparability, which seem to have reduced the reproducibility of... Read more
October 12, 2016
Douglas Rogers, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded multiple prizes from the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (ASEEES) for his book, The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism. Rogers received ASEEES’s Davis Center Book Prize in... Read more
October 4, 2016
The Departments of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University seek to hire a scholar whose research and teaching interests focus on race and racial formation in the United States and/or Black Diaspora contexts. The appointment is scheduled to begin July 1st, 2017 and will be at... Read more