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Welcome to WAPA!

The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) is one of the oldest and largest regional organizations of professional anthropologists in the world today. Founded in 1976, WAPA serves as a professional and social resource, and a career development center for anthropologists seeking to apply their knowledge and skills to practical problems for the betterment of society.    


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Publications by WAPA Members

 John Mason (2017) LEFT-HANDED IN AN ISLAMIC  WORLD:  an Anthropologist's Journey into the  MiddleEast New Academia Publishing/VELLUM  Books.

LEFT-HANDED IN AN ISLAMIC WORLD: An Anthropologist’s Journey into the Middle East

 Linda Rabben (2016) Sanctuary & Asylum: A  Social and Political History University of  Washington Press.

 Judith Noemi Freidenberg (2016) Contemporary  Conversations on Immigration in the United  States: The View from Prince George's County,  Maryland.   Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Upcoming Events

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Meetings and Activities

WAPA meetings generally take place on the first or second Tuesday of February, March, April, May, October, November and December.  All meetings are free and open to the public.  Unless otherwise indicated in the event description, WAPA meetings are held at the Charles Sumner School, located at the intersection of 17th St NW and Rhode Island Ave NW.  Government-issued ID is required for entry to the building.  The building is fully wheelchair accessible.  Click here for directions.

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