Yale University’s Department of Anthropology is home to over thirty faculty, affiliates from many other corners of the University, and scores of graduate students. Our research and teaching interests span the globe, many millions of years of prehistory and history, and the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Our Ph.D. graduates go on to teach in universities around the world and to pursue research in a wide variety of academic and non-academic settings. Our undergraduate major draws students with a passion for the study of humanity, both in the broadest terms and in the specific social, cultural, historical, and/or biological contexts that have shaped human pasts and presents–and that will shape humans’ collective futures.


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November 17, 2022
Professor Tucci has been featured in the Yale Daily News. She spoke about research in her lab, the joy of mentoring students and postdocs from all over the world, and the importance of empathy and representation in academia. Read the full story here.
November 17, 2022
Gao Yufang, PhD candidate in the combined doctoral program in Anthropology and Environment, was recently awarded the 2022 Roy A. Rappaport Prize at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association for his paper, “Snow leopards and Tibetan Herders: Ontological Differences between... Read more
October 31, 2022
Serena Tucci,  assistant professor of biological anthropology and evolutionary biology at Yale received a $2 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her research in human genomics. The Tucci lab will use this award to bridge... Read more
October 31, 2022
Recently published research by Dr. Ellery Frahm and Christina Carolus has been featured in Yale News. Obsidian artifacts excavated during the 1960s at two prominent archaeological sites in southwestern Iran suggest that the networks Neolithic people formed in the region as they developed... Read more
October 12, 2022
Professor Jessica Thompson has been featured in a Q&A by Science News. She spoke about her experience bringing her children into the field. Read more here. Her experiences—both challenging and rewarding—have led her to reflect on how fieldwork-intensive disciplines raise unique questions for... Read more