Welcome to the AAPA
membership web page. This page describes the benefits and categories of
membership in the AAPA and provides access to the
AAPA membership website
where you can:
- apply for membership (if
you are a nonmember),
- renew your membership or
change your membership category,
- view your user profile,
- access AJPA and the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology
- search the membership
Note: access to the
membership directory and to AAPA publications is available only to AAPA
To apply for, or renew,
membership via snail mail, see the link at the bottom of this page.
Membership categories and fees
Note that members in all categories can attend AAPA meetings at the members’ registration rate. They
also receive all communications from the AAPA and electronic access to AAPA
publications. Hard copies are available at additional cost.
Regular Member $130
Regular Postdoc/Contingent Faculty Member $105
- 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.
- Regular members are entitled to vote in AAPA elections, and to
hold office in the Association.
Retired (Emeritus/a) Membership $65
- Regular Postdoc/Contingent Faculty membership is open to persons in temporary postdoctoral
positions or non-tenure line faculty positions making less than $56,000 per
- Membership benefits are the same as for Regular Members paying
the higher fee.
Student Member $65
- Retired membership
is available to regular
members who have retired,
normally after 25 years in good standing. Retired members are relieved
of payment of Association dues without impairment of standing but must continue
to pay the costs of
electronic access to Association publications.
- Retired members receive all benefits of regular membership.
- Student membership is
open to bona fide students for a maximum of six years. Extensions for
additional years are subject to annual reapplication.
- Student members are eligible for student prizes, but do not vote
Student applicants must provide the name of a professional
reference who can attest to their student status and qualifications for
membership in the Association Special Member $130
- Special membership is for
persons with a professional
interest in physical anthropology currently not desiring or accepted for
- Special members do not vote in elections.
Qualifying Country Membership Rate. A special membership rate of $40.00 annually for regular and special
membership and $20.00 for student members is available to residents of some
countries. Click here for
the qualifying country list.
Candidates for regular (including postdoctoral/contingent
faculty), special, and student classes of membership must be approved by
the Membership Chair and by the membership at the annual business meeting of
The following membership categories have
been discontinued beginning in the 2018 renewal year:
- Spouse (all membership categories). Spouse members who joined the Association in 2017
or earlier remain spouse members at the $15 annual rate as long as their status
does not change (e.g. student to regular membership or regular to retired
- Life Membership. Life members who joined in 2017 or
earlier, or currently pay installments toward life membership, remain life
members. Members currently paying installments must
continue payment until the full cost of life membership is reached
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: email@example.com .