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—> Governing Council and Committees
—> NAPA by laws
—> Ethics
—> Membership
—> Annals of Anthropological Practice 
—> Volunteering
—> Annual Meeting
—> Archives
—> NAPA Listserv
—> Donate to NAPA
—> Mentoring

…or read about NAPA:

NAPA History

Founded in 1983, NAPA strives to promote the practice of anthropology, both within the discipline and among private, public, and nonprofit organizations. NAPA continues to grow as anthropologists engaged in practice have developed broader professional opportunities both inside and outside the academic realm.

There are currently around 500 NAPA members, working in a diverse range of sectors and positions. Members receive NAPA’s semi-annual “Annals of Anthropological Practice,” professional mentoring, networking opportunities, and discounts on NAPA-sponsored workshops. Select the “Archives” link above to find out even more about NAPA’s history.

NAPA is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and NAPA members receive all AAA materials and benefits.

This is your gateway to learning about NAPA. The resources on this website, some of which are under development, will help you to get more involved in NAPA, or to simply understand more about the association.

Mission Statement

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology was founded in 1983 to promote the practice of anthropology and the interests of practicing anthropologists, and to further the practice of anthropology as a profession.


The purpose of NAPA shall be to represent the practice of anthropology and the interests of practicing anthropologists within the American Anthropological Association, as well as to other organizations and the general public, and to further the practice of anthropology as a profession.


There is NAPA, and there is SfAA

Are NAPA and SfAA the same thing?  Do they duplicate each other?

Although we both address applied anthropology and have a great deal of overlap in our memberships, we don’t do quite the same thing. We are different organizations with different purposes and missions.

NAPA is the section of the American Anthropological Association that represents practicing anthropology.   Many NAPA members are established or are planning careers as practicing professionals linked into government, business and other networks outside of the academy. Many in NAPA leadership work outside of academic settings.

NAPA and SfAA collaborate on some training and information exchange initiatives, but each offers its own publications and annual meeting opportunities. Being a member of both organizations gives you multiple benefits.


About the photos on this website:
The photos you see on the pages of this website were created by NAPA members. Their intent is to show anthropologists at work; what practicing anthropologists do, and how and where they do it. Do you have illustrative photos that show anthropologists at work (preferably not posed or staged), or that give a sense of anthropological work? If so, let us know via the “contact us” form. We would love to use your photos on this site!

The photos are dynamically generated for each page. To see a new set of photos, simply hit your “refresh” button!


This website is under long-term construction: Come back and visit us again, and see how it develops. Also see NAPA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.





3 Responses to About

  • SC says:

    How can I get in touch with anthropological practitioners?

    • To contact anthropological practitioners, join NAPA or the Society for Applied Anthropology, or attend the annual meetings. Alternatively, contact the nearest university to you that has a department of anthropology.


    Hi, i am a Ghanaian student of the University of Cape Coast. I have very much interested in anthropology and i even aspire to be one after school. I want to do my post graduate program in your institution but i have no idea about AAA and everything about it. Can you please help me by enlighting me about AAA and how to get there. I would be most glad if you replied.