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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June 4, 2024
A Nature paper co-authored by Lisa Messeri was featured in Forbes. The research is a timely assessment of how Artifical Intelligence can harm scientific research. 
Kroon building at Yale
May 15, 2024
Jessica Thompson organized an interdisciplinary workshop on promoting inclusivity in fieldwork. The workshop was hosted by Yale University and the Peabody Museum, and focused on understanding challenges to inclusivity and generating practical and accessible solutions. 
May 8, 2024
Gabe Malek ’20, who was a double major in American studies and anthropology at Yale, will pursue a J.D. at Stanford Law School. He aspires to leverage commercial law, financial regulation, and tax policy to accelerate the clean energy transition. Malek has served as chief of staff at Fervo Energy,... Read more
Elizabeth Joslin
May 7, 2024
Elizabeth Joslin ‘24, received a Y-Work award for her outstanding and enthusiastic work as a Laboratory Assistant in the Biological Anthropology Labs. 
Headshot of Claudia Valeggia
May 7, 2024
Claudia Valeggia was one of five Yale Faculty members elected to the 2023 class of Fellows of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. She was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of Biological Anthropology, particularly in the study of human reproductive ecology and... Read more