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 Director of Graduate Studies is David Watts. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is Paul KockelmanContact information for Academic Directors can be found here. Faculty office hours for fall 2017 can be found here.


April 9, 2018
Social organization in Afghanistan is complex with interwoven identities based on religion, ethnicity, regional identity and political affiliation—amongst others—deeply entrenched by a legacy of conflict, processes of state formation and other broad historical forces. Moreover, the US-led... Read more
April 9, 2018
In 1955 Egypt and Sudan appealed for international support to save the sites and monuments of ancient Nubia, an area to be flooded by construction of the Aswan Dam. Inspired by idealism and set amidst the Cold War, the Nubian Monuments Campaign represents UNESCO’s utopian desires for world... Read more
March 3, 2018
Professors Panter-Brick and Dajani’s research has been featured in a recent Science article. The research examines how humanitarian programs, which aim to improve the mental health of adolescents affected by the Syrian war, have decreased the levels of cortisol (a hormone associated with... Read more
March 3, 2018
In December 2017, it was announced that The new Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) will be launched.  The Yale Alumni Magazine recently featured an article on the Yale Institute for Global Health. Professor Catherine-Brick was interviewed to discuss the new initiative. Please click here to... Read more
February 20, 2018
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kendall Arslanian who has been awarded a grant from National Science Foundation for her dissertation research, “Prenatal and postnatal correlates of infant growth and adiposity in Samoa.” Her project aims to better understand the early origins of obesity–... Read more