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

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December 29, 2020
A perspective on the contribution of ancient DNA to the reconstruction of human history in the Pacific. Read more here: Human Migrations: Tales of the Pacific.
November 9, 2020
The John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Behavioral Sciences (AAAS) honors outstanding behavioral scientists from around the world. The lecture was endowed by the John P. McGovern Foundation to enable scholars to learn and explore the accomplishments and challenges of the behavioral sciences. Dr.... Read more
November 4, 2020
A recent study of fossils excavated from Egg Mountain Montana pushes back the origin of social behavior among mammals to the Cretaceous Period. The fossils date to the Late Campanian (ca. 75.5 mya) and represent the most complete and well-preserved mammal specimens known from North America for this... Read more
November 2, 2020
In a recent Viewpoint in The Lancet, medical anthropology MD/PhD candidate Jessica Cerdeña and her co-authors propose race-conscious medicine as an alternative to race-based medicine to mitigate health inequities. Race-based medicine involves the flawed use of race as an essential, biological... Read more
October 2, 2020
Congratulations to Meredith McLaughlin, a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology, who has accepted a 4-year Research Fellowship with Homerton College, University of Cambridge and THIS Institute, Cambridge, U.K . She is completing a PhD thesis entitled ‘Moral Claims: Ethics and the Pursuit of... Read more