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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Meet WAPA's 2016-2017 President, Frances Norwood

Dr. Frances Norwood is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University.  She also works in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With a PhD in medical anthropology from the University of California-San Francisco and Berkeley, Dr. Norwood has 21 years experience conducting health policy research on a range of topics for persons who are elderly and disabled. She is author of a number of articles on chaplaincy and end-of-life care and is recipient of the Margaret Mead Award for her book, The Maintenance of Life (2009).


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."

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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

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Carpooling Offers and Requests

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