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Exploring tomorrow’s questions today

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is home to 1200+ faculty and 50 departments and programs that span the divisions of Humanities, Social Science, and Science, and the School of Engineering & Applied 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

Treating neurological disorders with Brain-Machine Interfaces
Abhishek Bhattacharjee

Associate Professor of Computer Science

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

Psychology

When eyes meet, neurons start to fire

A new study by FAS faculty member Steve Chang was able to chart the surprisingly widespread neuronal response in multiple brain areas when the eyes of two individuals meet and social gaze interaction happens.

May 10, 2022
Social Sciences
Science

Can the field of economics help to achieve greater equality?

Rohini Pande, economist and Director of the Yale Economic Growth Center, believes economists should consider notions of justice, not just efficiency. As part of a large study, she and her colleagues, along with researchers from the Inclusion Economics initiative, are currently surveying over 5,000 Indian women to better understand a major gender disparity in mobile phone use in the country and whether government policies might be needed to correct the imbalance.

What is a Robot?

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio is re-defining what is a robot from the ground up. Working at the intersection of materials, manufacturing, and robotics, she is developing “soft robots” that can adapt their properties, morphology, and behavior for different tasks or environments.

Welcoming new FAS faculty

35 new ladder faculty and professors and 23 new instructional faculty members will join the FAS during the 2021-2022 academic year. Their expertise and approaches span the academic disciplines.

Celebrating FAS leadership

Leadership by FAS faculty members has a transformative impact at Yale and beyond

Louise Glück
Louise Glück Professor in the Practice of Poetry

Nobel Laureate Glück's latest collection, "Winter Recipes from the Collective," was named a 2021 New York Times Notable Book.

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer Sterling Professor of Chemistry

Hammes-Schiffer received the 2020 Bourke Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2021 ACS National Award in Theoretical Chemistry, and the  2021 Willard Gibbs Award.

Daniel Spielman
Daniel Spielman Sterling Professor of Computer Science, Statistics and Data Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics

In 2021, Spielman was co-recipient of the inaugural Ciprian Foias Prize in Operator Theory and the Michael and Sheila Held Prize, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mapping the hidden universe of small molecules

Chemical biologist Jason Crawford reveals how molecules and microbes might hold the keys to protecting human health. Crawford and his lab have advanced our understanding of how microbes alter human physiology, leading to innovative new treatments for disease.

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.