Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists

Welcome to WAPA

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

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New Publications from 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.

Meetings and Activities

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. Click here for directions.

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