Welcome

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.

Calendars

Department Calendar

Yale College Academic Calendar

Yale GSAS Academic Calendar

May 5, 2022
Yale Anthropology’s Richard Gutierrez Bribiescas and Alison Richard are among eight Yale faculty members—and just 261 new members—elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2022. Visit the Department’s Reproductive Ecology Lab website to learn more about Rick’s pioneering... Read more
April 8, 2022
Congratulations to Carlye Chaney and David Wood for making it to the finals of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition hosted by the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences!   The competition will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Loria 250, 190 York Street. Chaney’s... Read more
February 24, 2022
“Ancient DNA and deep population structure in sub-Saharan African foragers” was just published in Nature, with Yale archaeologist Jessica Thompson and graduate student Alex Bertacchi as co-authors. Read their article here, and Yale News coverage here.      Jessica Thompson is PI of the... Read more
February 14, 2022
Lav Kanoi, Vanessa Koh, Al Lim, Shoko Yamada, joint PhD students in the Yale Department of Anthropology and Yale School of the Environment (YSE), and Michael R. Dove, the Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale School of the Environment and the Department of Anthropology, have... Read more
White person who presents as feminine, with curly brown hair, stands in front of a building and lawn. They're wearing a black leather jacket and black blouse.
December 3, 2021
The Yale anthropology department’s Dr. Lisa Messeri is a recipient of this year’s Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation award, given to junior faculty members at Yale who have demonstrated excellence in teaching in undergraduate programs.  Professor Messeri is recognized alongside... Read more