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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September 20, 2022
Alison Richard, Professor Emerita, has published a new book, The Sloth Lemur’s Song: Madagascar from the Deep Past to the Uncertain Present, with The University of Chicago Press.
August 17, 2022
In July, 2022, Professor Ned Blackhawk and members of the NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project hosted the annual Institute for Constitutional Studies—the nation’s premier institute dedicated to ensuring that future generations of Americans understand the substance and historical development... Read more
August 17, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Cerdeña, who received her PhD in Anthropology from Yale in 2021, for winning the 2022 Sam Dubal Memorial Award for Anti-Colonialism and Racial Justice. The award is given annualy by the American Anthropological Association. Read more about the award and Dr. Cerdeña... Read more
August 17, 2022
Congratulations to Professor Claudia Valeggia, who was one of four members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to receive a Dean’s Award for Inclusion and Belonging in 2022. Read more about her award here, and visit the Reproductive Ecology Lab here.
August 11, 2022
PhD candidate Katherine McNally has published “Ghost Net,” based on her dissertation research, in Anthropology News. Her work connects the circulation and present-day effects of ghost nets in Newfoundland to ongoing legacies of colonialism, exploitation, and extraction in North American fisheries.... Read more