Welcome to the Society for Psychological Anthropology

The SPA is a multidisciplinary professional organization of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Founded in 1977, the SPA comprises individuals interested in cultural, psychological, and social interrelations.

Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology publishes works related to cultural and psychological processes.

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The SPA convenes world-renowned researchers, medical professionals, and students at the Biennial Meeting dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge research on historical and contemporary conditions shaping dimensions of human experience.

2025 Biennial Meeting

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We provide funding for scholars for early research projects and for conference travel.

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SPA News

Call for Award Submissions!

The Stirling Award, The Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology, and the Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology are now open…

CMS Book Series Call for Submission

The SPA invites you to submit manuscripts to their Culture, Mind, and Society (CMS) Book Series, published by Palgrave Macmillan (part of the Springer Nature Group).  The SPA and…

Announcing the 2025 SPA Biennial Meeting

We are pleased to announce that the 2025 SPA Biennial Meeting will be convened at the Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.  Meeting dates are April 3rd-6th,…

Spring 2024 Newsletter

Contents include President’s Message and Plan for the 2025 Biennial

Dr. Tanya Luhrmann

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Thomas Csordas

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology is the flagship publication of the SPA. Ethos is an interdisciplinary and international quarterly journal devoted to scholarly articles concerning the interrelationships between individuals and sociocultural milieu.

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