Welcome


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. Faculty office hours for fall 2017 can be found here.

News

October 9, 2019
Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Coe passed away on September 25th. Dr. Coe was a professor in the Yale Department of Anthropology for 34 years before retiring in 1994. Professor Coe’s work had an enormous impact in Mesoamerican archaeology, and it inspired public interest in Olmec and Mayan art and... Read more
September 20, 2019
Alumna, Radhika Govindrajan, currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Washington - Seattle, has been awarded the Gregory Bateson Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her book Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas (University of... Read more
September 10, 2019
Dr. Gary Aronsen is the lead author of a new paper titled “The dead shall be raised”: Multidisciplinary analysis of human skeletons reveals complexity in 19th century immigrant socioeconomic history and identity in New Haven, Connecticut.” Find a press release containing more info here and a link... Read more
September 3, 2019
Fall Course Offering: SAST 308, ANTH 318 Peril and Possibility in the South Asian City Instructor: Adeem Suhail T, TH 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM WTS A42 This course explores a ground-up view of the many ways in which the urban denizens of these bustling cities where past and futures collide, experience this... Read more
June 10, 2019
Luisa Cortesi ’18 Ph.D., who completed a joint degree in environmental studies and anthropology, during the 2019 Yale commencement received the Theron Rockwell Field Prize. The prestigious university-wide award honors scholarship of poetic, literary, or religious value.   Cortesi was recognized for... Read more