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Exploring tomorrow’s questions today

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is home to 1000+ faculty and 40 departments and programs that span the divisions of Humanities, Social Science, and Science. Our work transforms the lives of our students and leads to fundamental discoveries that change understandings of the past and shape experiences of the future. Below, you will find news and stories of the impact of the FAS along with resources for FAS faculty and staff.



The mission of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is to preserve, advance, and transmit knowledge through inspiring research, teaching, and art.

Deepening understanding; expanding horizons

Can teaching transform how we see the world?

FAS approaches

Teaching across disciplines
Students study prints in a History of Art class
Cross-divisional, co-taught courses

How can research inform public discourse?

FAS approaches

Looking to history to shape government today
Paul Sabin

Professor of History and American Studies

Improving economic outcomes through better health policy
Rourke O'Brien

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Using economics to understand football
Ben Polak

William C. Brainard Professor of Economics

How does the human mind work?

FAS approaches

Understanding the brain, from infancy to adulthood
Nick Turk-Browne

Professor of Psychology

Finding parallels in how animals and humans think
A monkey sits on a rock overlooking a city.
Moshe Shay Ben-Haim, Olga Dal Monte, Nicholas Fagan, Yarrow Dunham, Steve Chang, and Laurie Santos

Psychology

Understanding the connection between mind and body
Michael Della Rocca

Sterling Professor of Philosophy

How do friendships help us thrive?

FAS approaches

Understanding the power of friendship for young adults
Grace Kao
Grace Kao

IBM Professor of Sociology and Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Questioning the promise of connection in digital worlds
Lisa Messeri
Lisa Messeri

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Unlocking the power of human networks
Yale Institute for Network Science
Yale Institute for Network Science

How do movement and travel shape our lives?

FAS approaches

Understanding the past through travel writing
Edyta Bojanowska

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Following the path of Greek and Roman literature in the Americas
Erika Valdivieso

Assistant Professor of Classics

Exploring the movements of the ground beneath our feet
David Bercovici

Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Resources for FAS Faculty and Staff

Information on tenure and promotion, faculty development, searches, and other FAS processes and policies.

FAS Announcements for Faculty and Staff

FAS in the News

News about FAS faculty, departments, programs, and more

History
Community

Welcoming new FAS faculty

52 new ladder and multi-year instructional faculty join the FAS during the 2022-23 academic year.

September 14, 2022
Economics

Welcoming new FAS faculty

We are thrilled to welcome new members of the ladder and instructional faculty members who are joining the FAS during the 2022-2023 academic year. Their expertise and approaches span the academic disciplines.

Celebrating FAS leadership

The FAS celebrates three current FAS faculty members who were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2022.

Keith Baker
Keith Baker D. Allan Bromley Professor of Physics

Baker's research is in experimental particle physics helped make the discovery of the Higgs boson particle possible.

Richard Bribiescas
Richard Bribiescas Professor of Anthropology and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Bribiescas is a scholar of evolutionary biology and endocrinology of human and comparative life histories, reproduction, aging, and metabolism.

Rohini Pande
Rohini Pande Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics

Pande focuses her research on how formal and informal institutions shape power and patterns of economic and political advantage in societies, particularly in developing nations.

Linguistics

Did you know you can study ASL at Yale?

Yale students study American Sign Language for many different reasons: to connect with people, to teach, to advance accessibility and inclusivity, out of love of language, and more. The ASL program is housed in the FAS Department of Linguistics.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

What can we learn from fire?

Carla Staver's research is going up in smoke – and that's a good thing. The professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has started hundreds of experimental fires in African savannas to learn more about how they start and stop burning, and their impact on the environment.

Help the FAS Advance

The FAS collaborates across disciplines, pursuing breakthroughs that improve the world today and for future generations. You can help this work advance by taking part in the Yale Campaign.