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Hello! Thanks for your interest in joining us; we can't wait to welcome you and help build your community. Take a few minutes to explore and learn about our journeys to anthropology and to the AAA.  We invite you to join our community for as low as $49/year for graduate students, $50/year for retirees, and $59/year for professionals. When you join, you automatically receive access to membership in one or more of our specialized sections, you become a member of our community, and you obtain access to over 250,000 full-text articles in AnthroSource

Find the right membership category and section(s) for you:

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Individual Membership
  • Professional
    Any person having a professional interest in the science of anthropology whether or not the interest is a source of livelihood. Dues start at $59/year.

  • Student
    Graduate students are eligible for this category. Dues start at $49/year.

  • Undergraduate
    Students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree are eligible for this category. Dues are only $35/year.

  • Retired
    Available to any individual who meets specific eligibility criteria. Dues start at $50/year.

  • International
    Available only to permanent residents of countries classified by the World Bank / United Nations as a "Least Developed Country" (LDC).

  • Associate*
    Available to an individual who is not employed as an anthropologist in an academic institution of higher education and/or not employed (or self employed) as a practicing anthropologist in any of anthropology's recognized sub-fields.

  • K-12 Educator Trial Membership*
    A subcategory of the AAA Associate membership, this is a one-year trial membership for K-12 Educators. Do you know (or are you) a K-12 educator who introduces anthropology to students? Nominate them! After the first year, educators may apply for the renewable K-12 Educator membership.

  • K-12 Educator*
    A subcategory of the AAA Associate membership, this category is exclusively for educators who have completed the trial membership (highlighted above). K-12 Educators may renew their membership for $19/ year. 

  • K-12 Student*
    A subcategory of the AAA Associate membership, the Junior Anthropologist Award is a complimentary membership exclusively for outstanding K-12 students. 

*These membership categories are not allowed to vote.

Additional Options

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Enrolled Citizens
    AAA + AIA have partnered to provide waivers to enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribes.

  • Lifetime Members
    On January 1, 2019, this category closed to new members, but more than 350 existing lifetime members were able to maintain their lifetime membership.

  • Distinguished Members
    Annually, new members are inducted and celebrated for their 50+ years of loyal support for the Association.

Why Join?
Department Partnership

Department Services Program (DSP)

The DSP is a partnership program for Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Criminal Justice, Culture, Social Sciences, museums and allied anthropology firms. The DSP provides department partners with exclusive benefits to assist heads of departments with resources to recruit and support faculty and students while simultaneously supporting the AAA's mission of advancing knowledge and solving human problems.

  • New & Recent Graduates
    Department Services Program (DSP) partners have the exclusive opportunity to gift your department’s new and recent MA, MS, & PhD graduates one-year free AAA membership.
Partners Overview
Benefits of Membership

As a AAA member, you belong to an active community of anthropologists who, like you, are studying, thinking, and researching. Your annual member dues help to strengthen our anthropological voice and provide you with tools including:

Benefits Overview