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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 Chair of the Deparment of Anthropology is Anne Underhill. The Director of Graduate Studies is David Watts. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is William HoneychurchContact information for Academic Directors can be found here. Faculty office hours for fall 2017 can be found here.

News

November 11, 2019
Professors of Anthropology Marcia Inhorn (Yale) and Arthur Kleinman (Harvard) will speak about their new books at the Yale Bookstore at 6 pm on December 6th. A book signing will be held after the talks. 
November 4, 2019
A new study titled “Minds Under Siege: Cognitive Signatures of Poverty and Trauma in Reguee and Non-Refugee Adolescents” by Dr. Catherine Patner-Brick has been published in the journal Child Development.  Find a press release containing more info here and a link to the paper here. 
October 9, 2019
Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Coe passed away on September 25th. Dr. Coe was a professor in the Yale Department of Anthropology for 34 years before retiring in 1994. Professor Coe’s work had an enormous impact in Mesoamerican archaeology, and it inspired public interest in Olmec and Mayan art and... Read more
September 20, 2019
Alumna, Radhika Govindrajan, currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Washington - Seattle, has been awarded the Gregory Bateson Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her book Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas (University of... Read more