Washington Association of
Professional Anthropologists

Welcome to WAPA

The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) is 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.


Quick Links:

SfAA is coming!

Before you know it, the SfAA meetings in Pittsburgh will be here, but hopefully not before we have a chance to write our papers. SfAA will take place from Tuesday, March 24 through Satiurday, March 28.

It is only a FOUR HOUR DRIVE from D.C. to Pittsburgh.  Many of us will be making the trek.  It will be much less expensive for all, and of course much more pleasant, if we travel to Pittsburgh in groups.  Not everyone will be staying the entire time.

Those of us who want to stay in the conference hotel or a less expensive hotel nearby will need to make reservations very soon.  UPDATE:  As of 24 January 2015, the group block of rooms at the conference hotel is sold out.  Check the site for updates on overflow hotels.

This is an ideal time to make sure that you have a ride or passengers to SfAA.  So please sign up on the WAPA website ride share board to give or receive rides to SfAA.

Posted 24 Jan 2014

WAPA Represented in SfAA Election

Two WAPA past-presidents are running for the SfAA board:

 Adam Koons


Laurie Krieger

SfAA runs two slates. SfAA members can vote for one person from each slate.  Laurie and Adam are running on different slates, so members would be able to vote for each of them. If both are elected, WAPA and the interests of practitioners would have a larger say on the SfAA Board.

Updated 24 Nov 2014

NAPA Career Profiles

Updated 20 September 2014

Robert Winthrop

In the latest NAPA Career Profile, WAPA member Robert Winthrop compares his earlier career in consulting to his current work at the Bureau of Land Management.

Mary Odell Butler

Mary Odell Butler received her PhD in anthropology from Temple University in 1978 and has spent the last three decades conducting program evaluations through contracting firms for clients in public health. Though she initially struggled to find work outside the academy, Butler has built a strong career supporting programs at agencies that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Cancer Institute.

John P. Mason

John P. Mason, a former president of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), has crossed the many borders that define professional anthropology, including university teaching, an international organization, and NGO and for-profit private sector international development. He has traversed these borders, back and forth between academia and applied international work.

Previous NAPA Profiles

Bryan Dennis

Karen Greenough

Timothy de Waal Malefyt

Ted (Edward C.) Green (WAPA member)

Jenny Masur (WAPA member) 

Jen Cardew Kersey

What Do We Mean By Public Anthropology? by WAPA member Gretchen Schafft

In keeping with the 2013 Annual Meeting theme, "Future Publics, Current Engagements," CoPAPIA explores what is meant by the term “public anthropology.” CoPAPIA, which focuses on practicing, applied, and public anthropology, asked Gretchen Schafft, Public Anthropologist-in-Residence at American University, to comment on the distinctions and relationships among these various forms.  Click here to read the article.

Posted 11 March 2014

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.  Click here for directions.

Upcoming events

03 Mar 2015 7:00 PM • Sumner School
07 Apr 2015 7:00 PM • Sumner School

Membership Information


  • Prospective membersJoin WAPA
  • Current and renewing members:  Access your profile or renew your membership


  • Post announcements, news, and activities
  • Join WAPA's Google discussion group or post a message
  • Link to WAPA on LinkedIn

(c) 2015 Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists
Contact WAPADC with questions or comments.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software