Graduate Studies

PhD students who have graduated from the Department of Comparative Human Development have had great success in securing positions in academic departments of Anthropology, Education, Environmental Studies, Human Development, Psychology, and Sociology, among others.  Some have also gone on to leadership positions in NGOs, consulting firms, and research institutes (see our Alumni page).

The department’s faculty consists of leading scholars who are grounded in particular disciplines, and who conduct research on issues that cross-cut anthropology, behavioral biology, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and applied statistics.

Our doctoral program trains students to draw from a variety of theories and methods suitable for addressing the questions that they intend to pursue. Students gain fluency, grounding and networks in a primary discipline, even as they also become familiar with research traditions and debates in other related fields.


Visit the directory to learn more about faculty and their research done in the department.


The Department of Comparative Human Development sponsors the faculty-student workshop Comparative Behavioral Biology Workshop. Faculty members and students in the Department are also active in many other workshops including African Studies WorkshopWorkshop on EducationSemiotics Workshop, and Medicine and Its Objects.


Students are eligible for admission if they have received a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or have completed an undergraduate program equivalent to such a degree. Admission depends upon strength in the general undergraduate record, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation, personal statement and interests, and relevant research experiences. Visit the Admissions page for details.


Please visit the Requirements for Graduate Study page for detailed information about financial aid, and Divisional and Departmental requirements.