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.


January 30, 2018
Louisa Lombard was awarded a 2017 Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching.  Established by the Poorvu family to recognize and enhance Yale’s strength in interdisciplinary teaching, the award is made to outstanding untenured faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching in... Read more
January 29, 2018
Louisa Lombard has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation for her project, “Ethics in Wars of Protection.” The research explores how military peacekeepers understand themselves as ethical actors.... Read more
January 18, 2018
This article is part of a special issue in Environmental Humanities titled “Familiarizing the Extraterrestrial/Making Our Planet Alien.” The issue brings together anthropologists, historians, and scientists on the topic of why outer space matters, humanistically. Having studied this topic for a... Read more
January 15, 2018
A new study by Catherine Panter-Brick, Raja Dajani, Kristen Hadfield, Stan van Uum, Michael Greff shows that a humanitarian program to improve the mental health of adolescents affected by the Syrian war has a biological benefit of decreasing levels of cortisol (a hormone associated with stress) by... Read more
January 13, 2018
A new study by Eric Sargis, Virginie Millien, Neal Woodman and Link E. Olson has exposed the common treeshrew, a small and skittish mammal that inhabits the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, as an ecogeographical rule breaker. “Determining the causes of geographical variation within a species is... Read more