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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August 11, 2022
PhD candidate Katherine McNally has published “Ghost Net,” based on her dissertation research, in Anthropology News. Her work connects the circulation and present-day effects of ghost nets in Newfoundland to ongoing legacies of colonialism, exploitation, and extraction in North American fisheries.... Read more
August 9, 2022
“Human Osteology,” an anthropology course taught by Professor Eric Sargis, has been featured in Yale News as one of Yale’s more popular summer courses. The Yale News article quotes Professor Sargis: “It’s a very exploratory, hands-on course, which is why I think students find it so fun,” said... Read more
August 9, 2022
With the support from the Alan H. Smith Fund, Jessica P. Cerdeña (PhD’22) collaborated with artist Kate Stone to create animations to share her dissertation research with the general public (see links below). Jes uses the metaphor of the monarch butterfly to describe the powerful ways Latina... Read more
July 14, 2022
Spencer Kaplan, a PhD student in the Yale Department of Anthropology, has published a paper in Anthropology of Work Review based on his ethnographic fieldwork among Wall Street’s LGBTQ bankers. “ ‘Bringing Your Full Self to Work’: Fashioning LGBTQ Bankers on Wall Street” explores how... Read more
June 4, 2022
Congratulations to Shoko Yamada, a third year PhD Candidate in the combined PhD program in Sociocultural Anthropology and the School of the Environment, who has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to support her dissertation project, “Promises of Repair: Environmental... Read more