The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) is one of the oldest and largest regional organizations of professional anthropologists in the world today. Founded in 1976, WAPA serves as a professional and social resource, and a career development center for anthropologists seeking to apply their knowledge and skills to practical problems for the betterment of society.

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  • Obituary:  Charlie Cheney (1940 - 2023)
  • Updates to WAPA's news feeds for jobs, events, and more
  • Congratulations to WAPA's 2021 Praxis Award Recipients (coming soon)

Changes to WAPA's Payment System

WAPA is no longer accepting PayPal for payments made via the website.  The new system is AffiniPay, which is administered by Wild Apricot (the website platform).  Instructions for using the new system are included on the pages for joining or renewing.  Please send any questions or issues to admin@wapadc.org.


Join, renew or reactivate:

  • Prospective members: Join 
  • Current and renewing members:  Access your profile or renew your membership
  • Former members: Reactivate

Member Benefits (log in required):


  • Post announcements, news, and activities
  • Join WAPA's Google discussion group or post a message

Upcoming Events

  • WAPA's YouTube page (recorded events since May 2020)
  • Click here to see a complete list of upcoming WAPA events (scroll down for a list of past events since 2010).
  • Click here for a list of WAPA events prior to 2010.


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