Yale University’s Department of Anthropology is home to over thirty faculty, affiliates from many other corners of the University, and scores of graduate students. Our research and teaching interests span the globe, many millions of years of prehistory and history, and the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Our Ph.D. graduates go on to teach in universities around the world and to pursue research in a wide variety of academic and non-academic settings. Our undergraduate major draws students with a passion for the study of humanity, both in the broadest terms and in the specific social, cultural, historical, and/or biological contexts that have shaped human pasts and presents–and that will shape humans’ collective futures.


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December 7, 2023
Archaeology Magazine featured Professor Burger’s genetic study of burials at Machu Picchu as one of the top 10 discoveries of 2023. The study revealed that Machu Picchu’s caretakers came from almost every part of the Inca Empire, including regions in the Amazon. Read more in Archaeology... Read more
September 21, 2023
PhD Student Spencer Kaplan was awarded Honorable Mention in the David Hakken Graduate Student Paper Prize by the AAA Committee for the Anthropology of Computing (CASTAC). Spencer received the Honorable Mention for his paper titled  “Facing Blockchain’s Double Bind: Trustless Technologies and ‘IRL... Read more
September 15, 2023
Why are women freezing their eggs in record numbers? Marcia Inhorn’s Motherhood on Ice explores this question by drawing on the stories of more than 150 women who pursued fertility preservation technology. Moving between narratives of pain and empowerment, these nuanced personal stories... Read more
June 2, 2023
Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Professor of Anthropology and the School of the Environment was featured in Yale News this Friday for his co-authorship in two articles published in Science. Read more about his work here.
April 27, 2023
Marcia Inhorn, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and Professor in the MacMillan Center, is the recipient of the 2023 Graduate Mentor Award from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Graduate Mentor Award recognizes faculty members who are exceptional in fostering the... Read more