Welcome to the AAPA membership web page. This page is informational only and describes the benefits and categories of membership in the AAPA. At the bottom of the page you can find links to the website that allows you to apply for membership (if you are a nonmember) or renew your membership, view your user profile, access the AJPA, or search the membership directory (if you are already a member). Note: access to the membership directory is available only to AAPA members. 

Regular membership in the AAPA is open to professional physical anthropologists, advanced students, professionals in related scientific disciplines, and others who have demonstrated qualification by publication or professional activities. Regular members are entitled to receive all AAPA publications and mailings, to vote in AAPA elections, and to hold office in the Association. Student members and special members receive AAPA publications and mailings but do not vote in elections. Student members are eligible for student prizes. Student applicants must provide the name of a professional reference who can attest to their student status and qualifications for membership in the Association. Candidates for all three classes of membership must be approved by the Membership Chair and by the membership at the annual business meeting of the Association.

Here are the membership categories and fees:

Regular Member $130
Regular membership is open to professional anthropologists, advanced students showing evidence of professional capacity, professionals in cognate sciences, and others who have demonstrated qualification by publication or professional activities. 

Retired (Emeritus/a) Membership $65 is available to regular members after normally 25 years in good standing who have retired. Retired members are relieved of payment of Association dues without impairment of standing but must continue to pay subscription costs to continue receiving Association publications. 

Student Member $65 is open to bona fide students for a maximum of six years. Extensions for additional years are subject to annual reapplication. 

Regular Postdoc/Contingent Faculty Member $105 is open to persons in temporary postdoctoral positions or non-tenure line faculty positions making less than $56,000 per year.

Special Member $130 is open to persons with a professional interest in physical anthropology currently not desiring or accepted for regular membership may also apply for, or continue, special membership. 

Spouse (all categories above) $15 

Life Member $1600 is open to individuals who would otherwise qualify for regular membership 

Qualifying Country Membership Rate of $40.00 for regular and special membership and $20.00 for student membership is available to residents of some countries. Click here for the qualifying country list.

Membership website. Please click the following link if you would like to join/renew, update your personal profile, search the membership directory or look up your password:


Or fill out and mail the snail mail form (see link below).

If you have questions about the status of your membership, membership application, membership categories, or qualifications or requirements for membership, please contact Dr Lisa Sattenspiel, membership chair, at: sattenspiell at missouri dot edu.

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