American Anthropological Association


The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world’s largest association for professional anthropologists, with more than 10,000 members. Based in Washington, D.C., the Association was founded in 1902, and covers all four main fields of anthropology (cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology).

While 75% of members are employed in higher education or are students of anthropology, about 25% of members work in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, beyond the academy. The Association is organized into 40 sections, each reflecting specialized domains of knowledge. AAA publishes a portfolio of 22 journals, offers career planning and professional development services, supports college and university departments, awards numerous prizes and fellowships, sponsors a paid summer internship program, a summer field school in ethnography and occupational therapy, and stages research conferences in the Fall and Spring each year. AAA also supports a  public education initiative that highlights the contributions made by anthropological research to important and enduring topics, such as race and migration.

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