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.


March 3, 2018
Professors Panter-Brick and Dajani’s research has been featured in a recent Science article. The research examines how humanitarian programs, which aim to improve the mental health of adolescents affected by the Syrian war, have decreased the levels of cortisol (a hormone associated with... Read more
March 3, 2018
In December 2017, it was announced that The new Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) will be launched.  The Yale Alumni Magazine recently featured an article on the Yale Institute for Global Health. Professor Catherine-Brick was interviewed to discuss the new initiative. Please click here to... Read more
February 20, 2018
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kendall Arslanian who has been awarded a grant from National Science Foundation for her dissertation research, “Prenatal and postnatal correlates of infant growth and adiposity in Samoa.” Her project aims to better understand the early origins of obesity–... Read more
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