Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs

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Applied Anthropology Associations

photoThe Consortium for Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA) is an independent organization with ties to several other anthropology organizations, including the SfAA, NAPA, and CoPAPIA. It is also open to working with members of Local Practitioner Organizations and with regional anthropological societies.

Brief description and focus of these organizations:

Consortium for Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA)
Consortium for Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA) is an independent organization with ties to several other anthropology organizations, including the SfAA, NAPA, and CoPAPIA. It is also open to working with members of Local Practitioner Organizations and with regional anthropological societies.
Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
The SfAA was incorporated as an international scientific society for applied social scientists in 1941. The SfAA has about 2775 members. The annual meeting takes place in March or April.
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)
NAPA was established as a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in 1983 as an organization of applied and practicing anthropologists. NAPA has about 600 members. NAPA sponsors sessions at the annual AAA meeting.
American Anthropological Association (AAA)
AAA is the most general national association of anthropologists in the United States. It is a large organization, with about 12,000 members, which encompasses all fields of anthropology. NAPA is the section within the AAA for applied and practicing anthropologists. The AAA’s annual meeting takes place in November or December.
Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology(CoPAPIA)
This AAA committee, established in 2007, disseminates information about practicing, applied and public interest anthropology at AAA meetings, in AAA publications, on the AAA website, and via other media. It also concerns itself with applied training and professional development.

Local Practitioner Organizations (LPOs)

LPOs are regionally based applied and practicing anthropology organizations. They are organized according to their unique regional needs; some meet monthly while others meet less frequently, or annually. Here is a partial list of active LPOs:

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Susan Hyatt
Co-Chair, COPAA
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 413
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-278-4548
suhyatt@iupui.edu