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 23, 2018
Luisa Cortesi, Graduate Student in both Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies, was recently awarded the Eric Wolf Prize by the Political Ecology Society for “the best article-length paper based in substantive field research that makes an innovative contribution to Political Ecology”. ... Read more
April 23, 2018
Peter Chung – Brand New World: A Semiotic Formulation of the Branded Social Media Persona Isaac Kirk-Davidoff – Wounded Hope/Cheap Healing: Practicing Reclamation in Virginia Coalfields Jacqueline Salzinger – A Matter of Time: Localization in Humanitarian Practice in Amman, Jordan Helen Price –... Read more
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