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 Douglas Rogers. The Director of Graduate Studies is Erik Harms. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is William HoneychurchContact information for Academic Directors can be found here

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News

November 5, 2021
Yale Anthropology’s Marcia Inhorn was recently named one of the most influential anthropologists by AcademicInfluence.com, a company that uses machine learning algorithms to track scholarly impact. Read her citation and watch a short interview about her recent work with refugees from the Middle... Read more
October 1, 2021
Ellery Frahm is the featured guest on the Ologies podcast this week, hosted by Emmy Award-winning science correspondent and humorist Alie Ward. Each week the podcast features a different topic or field in science (or “-ology”), and Dr. Frahm discusses and answers questions about ancient... Read more
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September 17, 2021
Caitlin Reddington Davis, a doctoral candidate in anthropological archaeology, has been awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project “Usulutan: Resist Ceramics and Politico-Religious Power in the Terminal Formative Southern Maya Region.” The... Read more
August 19, 2021
Katherine Daiy, doctoral student in biological anthropology, was awarded the National Science Foundation prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant. She will study the association between indus trialized ecologies and infant gut microbiome development in Samoa, with emphasis on... Read more
August 11, 2021
New radiocarbon dates on human remains from Machu Picchu, push the founding of the iconic royal Inca retreat back minimally 20 years, from 1440 to 1420. Samples of 26 individuals recovered from four cemeteries during Yale’s 1912 Machu Picchu excavations were subject to accelerator mass spectrometry... Read more