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.

WAPA at AAA 2014 (Updated 11/23/14)


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WAPA at AAA 2014


Stop by to see old friends, get updated on NAPA and WAPA events and activities, and pick up information or a T shirt.

  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Location: In the back section of the Exhibition Hall

Brainstorm career and professional ideas in a 20-minute session with an instant mentor.

  • Thurday: 10 am to 4:30 pm.   Location: NAPA/WAPA Information Booth
  • Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm.   Location: NAPA/WAPA Information Booth


Click here for information about WAPA's workshops on Saturday, December 6, co-sponsored with NAPA.


Students, new professionals, and faculty who mentor young anthropologists - meet with professional anthropologists to explore career options.  Careers Expo sponsored by NAPA and AAA Friday the 5th at the AAA meeting in the main exhibit hall, 11 am-4 pm.


Check back for more information as events are scheduled.

Updated 23 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

15 Dec 2014 5:30 PM • TBA
03 Feb 2015 7:00 PM • Sumner School

Membership Information


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