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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.

Deepening understanding; expanding horizons

What secrets can we unearth?

FAS approaches

Discovering ancient clues
Derek Briggs

G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Uncovering origin stories
clay tablet telling an early version of the Epic of Gilgamesh
Benjamin R. Foster

William M. Laffan Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Digging for solutions
Eric Slessarev

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

What can we learn from looking within?

FAS approaches

Mining the unexpected
Jun Korenaga
Jun Korenaga

Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Embracing discomfort
This Exquisite Loneliness
Richard Deming

Senior Lecturer in English, Director of Creative Writing

Connecting with the past
Chiara Mingarelli
Chiara Mingarelli

Assistant Professor of Physics

How do we understand beauty?

FAS approaches

Examining beauty standards
Alka Menon
Alka Menon

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Fishing for answers
Thomas Near

Professor and Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Re-envisioning relevance
Ayesha Ramachandran
Ayesha Ramachandran

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

How can curiosity improve our health?

FAS approaches

Limiting exposure
Francesco Casetti

Sterling Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies

Modeling new treatments
William Jorgensen

Sterling Professor of Chemistry

Influencing policy
Tobin Center for Economic Policy
Tobin Center for Economic Policy

How can we broaden understandings of the world?

FAS approaches

Reorienting history
Ned Blackhawk

Howard R. Lamar Professor of History and American Studies

Forging connections
American Sign Language
Yale’s Department of Linguistics

The American Sign Language program

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


Meet the FAS faculty: Ramina Sotoudeh

Ramina Sotoudeh, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics and Data Science in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, does good research on bad habits.

May 30, 2024
History & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Earth & Planetary Sciences

Mapping the seafloor sediment superhighway

Study identifies a combination of factors that support and maintain the health of marine ecosystems via the churning of the seafloor by invertebrate animals.

May 30, 2024
New Books

Exploring the Fantasy of Virtual Reality

Announcing FAS faculty member Lisa Messeri's new book, an ethnography that navigates intersections of place, technology, and social change.

In the Land of the Unreal: Virtual and Other Realities in Los Angeles
New Books

Examining the Stigma of Diagnosis

FAS faculty member Regina Kunzel's new book explores the ways that psychiatric power and authority shaped encounters between psychiatry and queer and gender-variant people in the mid-twentieth century.

In the Shadow of Diagnosis: Psychiatric Power and Queer Life

Welcoming new FAS faculty

We are thrilled to welcome new faculty members who are joining the FAS during the 2023-2024 academic year. Their expertise and approaches span the academic disciplines.

Celebrating FAS leadership

Stephen Darwall Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy

Darwall, whose work examines the foundations of ethics, moral psychology, and ethical and moral theory, is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow.

Cajetan Iheka Professor of English

The author of two award-winning books on African literatures and the environment, Iheka is the next director of the Whitney Humanities Center.

Meg Urry Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Urry is the inaugural winner of the Distinguished Career Award from the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) High Energy Astrophysics Division.

New Faculty

New Yale faculty members, in their own words

In a video, new faculty members discuss their scholarship, their passion for teaching, and why they decided to come to Yale.


Where can curiosity lead us?

Many of the greatest scientific leaps in history were the result of curiosity-driven research. This video highlights researchers in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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.