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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Wanted: WAPA members to staff table at SfAA

Are you planning on attending the SfAA?  WAPA will have a table there, which we will be sharing with other LPOs.  We need volunteers to take care of it from 10-4 on Thursday and Friday and from 10-1 on Saturday.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on on WAPA's Google Drive site.  You may sign up for one (or more!) hours at a time, and there is room for two people per slot.  All WAPA members, whether you volunteer or not, are encouraged to stop by and say hello.

Posted 06 March 2015

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 29 January 2015, the group block of rooms at the conference hotel is sold out.  An overflow hotel a block away has been arranged at the same rate.

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 29 Jan 2015

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.

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

07 Apr 2015 7:00 PM • Sumner School
05 May 2015 7:00 PM • Sumner School

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