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 William HoneychurchContact information for Academic Directors can be found here. Faculty office hours for fall 2017 can be found here.


April 7, 2019
Professor Eduardo Fernandez-Duque in interviewed on the Yale MacMillan report on his research in monogamy in monkeys.  Professor Fernandez-Duque is a biological anthropologist with a general interest in understanding the evolution and maintenance of social systems. His main research interest is to... Read more
February 27, 2019
Professor Helen Siu is the co-editor of the newly released book Asia Inside Out: Itinerant People. To learn more about the book, please visit the website. 
February 20, 2019
On February 28, Yale Global Health Studies Program and Yale Global Health Justice Partnership will co-host a visit by Princeton professor João Biehl. Professor Biehl’s  talk explores grassroots mobilizations for the right-to-health and for state accountability in Brazil, against the backdrop... Read more
February 9, 2019
Professor Jessica Thompson has recently published an article in Current Anthropology. The article is also featured in Yale Daily News. The abstract and the link are below.  Abstract:  The habitual consumption of large-animal resources (e.g., similar sized or larger than the consumer) separates... Read more
February 2, 2019
Myles Lennon, a fifth-year student in the combined  PhD program in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies, has accepted a tenure track position at Brown University with  appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute at  Brown for Environment and Society. ... Read more