Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists


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. WAPA’s mission is to promote and enhance the application of anthropological perspectives and skills to the problems of contemporary communities by:

  • providing practical and educational services to Washington area anthropologists through programs, workshops, conferences and collaborations in classrooms
  • developing better communications between the anthropological community and the general public
  • supporting the development of aspiring anthropologists
  • maintaining a network of anthropologists and others interested in the applied social sciences through professional networking, friendship and fun

What you’ll find

Arrow pointing upwards. Click this icon to go back to the top of the page.