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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Announcing The Connie Ojile Fund

WAPA is establishing a permanent emergency Fund in order to provide temporary assistance to members in need.  The seed money has been provided by a bequest from the estate of a long-time member, Connie Ojile.  In her memory, WAPA intends to use this money, along with money donated by our members in the future, for the use of any qualifying WAPA member who needs a relatively small loan to tide himself or herself over during a financial crisis or shortfall.

Posted 28 Nov 2015

Appeal from Adam Koons, former WAPA President

Dear Colleagues,

This year I am running for the SfAA Board position on the Nominations and Elections Committee.  As a full time practitioner for over 30 years I offer an important, broad-based perspective to the committee and to SfAA.  Having held multiple positions, including president, of the Washington Association for Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), I am well versed in board and committee responsibilities and participation.  Pertaining to the N&E Committee, as a long-time “hiring manager” I have significant experience sourcing, vetting, and assessing candidates, for a variety of roles.  For more information about my qualifications, please review my bio

Please participate actively in the SfAA elections.  And please vote for me. 

Adam Koons

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

01 Dec 2015 7:00 PM • Sumner School (Happy hour at Stonefish Grill, 1708 L St)

Carpooling Offers and Requests

Check back when out-of-area events are planned.

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