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SfAA was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. The Society is unique among professional associations in membership and purpose – and in representing the interests of professionals in a wide range of settings including academia, business, law, public health, medicine, environment, and government. The unifying factor is a commitment to making an impact on the quality of life in the world.


Welcome to the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)!

SfAA is pleased to share our new domain name ( and some exciting website updates. We want to make the website easier and more functional for you to use. 

As always, we want our members’ ideas and you can give feedback using the contact link. Whether it is strategic planning, meeting suggestions, or publications, we would love to hear from you.

Annual Meeting

AM LogoAnnual Meeting Cancellation

After much deliberation and careful consideration, the SfAA Board has decided to cancel the 2020 annual meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Most importantly, the Board is concerned about the health and safety of our members and annual meeting registrants and the possibility for community spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) during the annual meetings.  We have also heard from many members and registrants who have informed us that their organizations are recommending against nonessential travel, both domestic and international. Given these rapidly developing travel difficulties and organizational challenges, many of those who were planning on participating in the Albuquerque meetings are now unable to attend.

Therefore, out of our care and respect for members and registrants and for the Albuquerque community at large, we believe the responsible decision is to cancel our 2020 annual meeting.

As we work through the next steps on registration, tour, and workshop fees, we will be in contact with you about how these will be managed. Please cancel your individual travel plans as well as Albuquerque hotel accommodations.

We are heartbroken that we will not see you in Albuquerque, and we thank you for your continued support. 

We look forward to seeing you in Norfolk, Virginia, March 23-27, 2021. 

SfAA Board of Directors
SfAA Office

Updated March 9, 2020

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

The Society for Applied Anthropology proudly sponsors prestigious awards including the Malinowski Award, the Peter K. New Award, and the Sol Tax Award; as well as co-sponsoring the Margaret Mead Award with the American Anthropological Association. In addition, the Society offers 12 student travel awards to help offset the costs of attending the Annual Meeting.

Malinowski Award|Sol Tax Award|Margaret Mead Award|Peter K. New Award|Hackenberg Award|Pelto International Travel Award|Bodley Student Travel Award|Cernea Resettlement Student Travel Award|Human Rights Defender Student Travel Award|Del Jones Student Travel Award|Kushner Student Travel Award|Bea Medicine Student Travel Award|Spicer Student Travel Award|Student Endowed Travel Award|Valene Smith Poster Award|Student Poster Prize

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Online Journals

Online Journals

SfAA's mission through publishing articles that advance, synthesize, and interpret the application of anthropological method and theory is to analyze solutions of practical problems in the contemporary world. 

Access previous and current issues of Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology online.

To view journals online go to
Member Access to Journals

Oral History Project

Oral History Project

The goal of the SfAA Oral History Project is the documentation of applied/practicing anthropology through recorded oral history interviews that are properly archived, transcribed, and disseminated. Topics which are important to the project include the experiences of applied/practicing anthropologists in various domains of application in the past, the history of precedent-setting projects,  the history of the SfAA and other related organizations and the history of applied/practicing anthropology training programs. Special attention will be directed to interviewing persons that have received awards from the Society. The project also attempts to identify related resources such as oral history interviews relating to the history of application and practice in anthropology.



The SfAA strives to find and create opportunities for students, scholars, and practioners to further enjoy and develop their work. Here you will find information on current jobs relevant to applied anthropologists, other organizations of interest, and universities that offer degrees oriented towards the applied social sciences.




Podcast Project

The SfAA Podcast Project is a student-led initiative to provide audio records of sessions from the Annual Meetings to the public, free of charge. We strive to include a broad range of interests from diverse perspectives with the intent of extending conversations throughout the years. Our ultimate goal is to make these dialogues accessible to a global audience.

Since 2007, the Podcast Project has published over 150 podcasts, has touched 6 continents, and has experienced over 110,000 views. 

Podcast Project Page

Online Program

Annual Meeting Online Program

Now you can view a mobile friendly interactive program online.

  • Interactive and mobile friendly
  • Schedule with links to abstracts
  • Abstracts with links back to schedule
  • Hotel Maps of all conference rooms

Election Results

Election Results

President-Elect:  Michael Paolisso

Board Member #1:  Keri Brondo

Board Member #2:  Lenore Manderson

Student Board Member:  Melinda Gonzalez

Nominations & Elections:  Douglas Feldman

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