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.



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2015 Praxis Award Recipients

Co-winners:  Mari Clarke and Team; Stephen Weidlich and the AECOM Team

Honorable Mention: LTG Associates, Inc.; Federico Cintrón-Moscoso

Posted 13 Dec 2015

Announcing The Connie Ojile Fund

WAPA is establishing a permanent emergency Fund in order to provide temporary assistance to members in need.  The seed money has been provided by a bequest from the estate of a long-time member, Connie Ojile.  In her memory, WAPA intends to use this money, along with money donated by our members in the future, for the use of any qualifying WAPA member who needs a relatively small loan to tide himself or herself over during a financial crisis or shortfall.  Click here for more information.

Posted 28 Nov 2015


Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology

The Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology is given every other year to an exemplary anthropologist for his or her outstanding recent achievements that have contributed to anthropology as an applied science and that have had important impacts on public policy. The award carries a $1000 prize and is presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Nomination materials must be received by June 1, 2016. Questions regarding nomination procedures should be directed to the chair of the award committee, Dr. David Griffith.  Details about the nomination criteria, required materials, and past awardees are on the AAA website, under “Prizes & Awards."

Posted 23 Dec 2015

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

Carpooling Offers and Requests

Check back when out-of-area events are planned.

Membership Information


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