Who We Are


COPAA is an independent consortium of university departments and programs, practitioners and organizations that provide education and training in applied and practicing anthropology.

Our mission is to advance the education and training of students, faculty, and practitioners in applied anthropology.

What We Do


We are a consortium of academic departments and professional anthropologists interested in applied anthropology and practice. We collaborate with each other on research, implementation and evaluation projects, conference sessions, panels and other activities.


Where We Are - Map of COPAA Member Programs

COPAA Contact Information


Charles Klein, Lead Co-Chair


Micah M. Trapp, Co-Chair


Cassandra Working, Co-Chair


Sally Carraher, Secretary

Elizabeth Briody, Treasurer

Leadership Group



  • Lead Co-Chair: Charles Klein (Portland State University) (2019-2021)

  • Co-Chair: Micah M. Trapp (University of Memphis) (2019-2021)

  • Co-Chair: Cassandra Workings (University of North Carolina, Greensboro) (2021)

  • Secretary: Sally Carraher (University of Alaska, Anchorage) (2013-2019)

  • Treasurer: Elizabeth Briody (Cultural Keys) (2019-2021)

  • Webmaster: Adam Gamwell (Missing Link Studios) (2019-2021)

  • Emeritus Advisor: Linda Bennett (University of Memphis), Lisa Henry (University of North Texas), Toni Copeland (University of Alabama)

  • Student Technical Representative: Malavika Jinka Ramamurthy (University of Arizona) (2019-2021)