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. Faculty office hours for fall 2017 can be found here.


October 9, 2017
Dr. Barnes’ essay “The Village” was recently published as part of a series on “The Household” where she and five other cultural anthropologists shed light on the issues of household, kinship, and family. Each long-held as important frameworks for anthropological inquiry and theory. The series takes... Read more
September 8, 2017
Claudia Valeggia and Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, in collaboration with H. de la Iglesia (University of Washington) have recently been awarded an NSF grant for continuing their studies of Ancestral Sleep. In a recent publication they showed that communities of the traditionally hunter-gatherer Toba/Qom... Read more
August 16, 2017
Yale University, Department of Anthropology anticipates making an appointment in paleoanthropology at the assistant, associate, or full professor level, beginning on July 1, 2018.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at time of hire.  This is a tenure-track faculty position with... Read more
July 19, 2017
MSF CRASH (Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires), working under the auspices of Doctors Without Borders, has recommended works by Professor Louisa Lombard and Professor Panter-Brick on their summer reading list. MSF CRASH (Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les... Read more
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