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


December 1, 2015
Ruffed lemurs (genus Varecia) are often described as having a flexible social organization, such that both cohesive (low fission–fusion dynamics) and fluid (high fission–fusion dynamics) grouping patterns have been observed. In ruffed lemur communities with high fission–fusion dynamics, group... Read more
November 30, 2015
Andrew Carruthers (Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology) was awarded the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s Graduate Student Essay Prize at the society’s business meeting, held at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting at Denver on November 21.  The Society for... Read more
November 12, 2015
Russia has been a major force in the world’s oil market since the Soviet era. Last year, it ranked third behind the United States and Saudi Arabia in oil production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Discussion of Russian oil often focuses on billionaire oligarchs and Kremlin... Read more
October 27, 2015
A poet and activist originating from the war-town region of Darfur, Emi Mahmoud is the reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion of 2015—the number one poet in the world this year. Currently a senior at Yale University, a Leonore Annenberg Scholar, and Global Health Fellow, Emi studies... Read more
October 25, 2015
In addition to its established interest in the relationships among states, corporations, and communities near extraction sites, recent anthropological and allied interdisciplinary interest in oil extends to encompass pipeline infrastructures, financial and commodity markets, reserve estimates and... Read more