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.


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
December 13, 2018
The MacMillan report recently featured an interview with Professor Claudia Valeggia. Professor Valeggia discusses her research on the interactions between human reproductive biology and the ecological and cultural context in which it develops. Please click here for the interview. 
December 13, 2018
Professor Emeritus Michael Coe published a new book entitled “Angkor and the Khmer Civilization”. Here is a description from the publisher: “Although archaeologists and scholars have done pioneering work on the history of Angkor and the Khmer civilization that built it, questions remained. Recently... Read more
November 30, 2018
Richard G. Bribiescas, professor of anthropology and ecology and evolutionary biology and deputy provost for faculty development and diversity; Charles H. Ahn, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Applied Physics and chair of the Department of Applied Physics; Christopher G. Burd, professor and... Read more