Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science.

The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 2,200. The Association's annual meetings draw more than two thousand scientists and students from all over the world.


Harassment Committee for Awareness, Response and Equity (HCARE)

AAPA is committed to creating and promoting a culture in which every member of our community is treated with respect, and to fostering a safe environment free from harassment, intimidation, and retaliation. The purpose of the Harassment Committee for Awareness, Response and Equity (HCARE) is to assist the AAPA in establishing accountability measures and procedures for maintaining the highest standards of ethical, professional and inclusive conduct for attendees of our annual meeting, our members, and our academic community. For more information on HCARE or to report a complaint please go to the HCARE website.


On Wednesday June 10, 2020 the grassroots initiatives #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia called for a day-long strike acknowledging the racism that our African American colleagues experience in the academy. The AAPA encouraged members to use the day to educate ourselves about the Black experience, learn ways to interrupt racism, and contribute to an authentic culture shift in academia that extends beyond the day's actions. In addition, we used our web page platform to center the voices of our African-American members through this forum. We will continue to leave this channel open for you to share your feedback with the AAPA leadership.

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