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


June 3, 2016
Purpose: Perceptions of environmental adversity and access to economic resources in adolescence can theoretically affect the timing of life history transitions and investment in reproductive effort. Here we present evidence of correlations between variables associated with subjective extrinsic... Read more
June 2, 2016
We’d like to extend our congratulations to María de las Mercedes Martínez, Eva Hoffman, and Priyankar Chand for winning this year’s departmental prizes. An overview of the prizes is below.  We’d additionally like to congratulate Eva Hoffman, one of 3 undergraduates in the entire... Read more
June 2, 2016
“Background: Market integration (MI) – increasing production for and consumption from a market-based economy – is drastically altering traditional ways of life and environmental conditions among indigenous Amazonian peoples. The effects of MI on the biology and health of Amazonian children and... Read more
May 25, 2016
Abstract:   The cooperative breeding hypothesis (CBH) states that cooperative breeding, a social system in which group members help to rear offspring that are not their own, has important socio-cognitive consequences. Thornton & McAuliffe (2015; henceforth T&M) critiqued this idea on both... Read more
April 19, 2016
In the wake of anthropology’s much storied crisis of representation; attempted corrections following movements of “Third World” peoples, women, and queer folks; the recent disavowal of 1980s and 1990s reflexivity and experimentation; and what George Marcus has recently termed a “crisis of reception... Read more