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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November 30, 2022
PhD candidate Rundong Ning has published “Bureaucratic valves: Paperwork as a contested tool in the international transfer of the franc CFA in Congo-Brazzaville” in the journal Africa. His work proposes the concept of “bureaucratic valves” to highlight how paperwork is used to control foreign... Read more
November 30, 2022
PhD candidate Rundong Ning has published “Patch-work: The economic and moral complementarity of informal entrepreneurs’ multiple projects in Congo-Brazzaville” in the journal Economic Anthropology based on his dissertation research. His work proposes the concept of “patch-work” to highlight the... Read more
November 30, 2022
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its exhibition, “Lives of the Gods: Divinity and Maya Art,” which was co-curated by Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla. The show — the first major exhibition of Maya art in the United States in more than a decade — features nearly 100 rarely seen masterpieces and... Read more
November 30, 2022
Professor Eric Sargis co-authored a recently published paper, “Recent and rapid ecogeographical rule reversals in Northern Treeshrews,” in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper demonstrates how the Northern Treeshrew, a small, bushy-tailed mammal native to South and Southeast Asia, defies two... Read more
November 17, 2022
Professor Tucci has been featured in the Yale Daily News. She spoke about research in her lab, the joy of mentoring students and postdocs from all over the world, and the importance of empathy and representation in academia. Read the full story here.