Wonderful Women Wednesday: Ann Kaupp

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

P. Ann Kaupp worked at the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology in the National Museum of Natural History for 34 years, from 1978 until her retirement in 2012. For 25 years, she served as the head of the department’s outreach office. In this role, Kaupp founded the department newsletter Anthropolog, produced an online bibliography on American Indians for K-12 students, and served as the managing editor of AnthroNotes. To combat misinformation about American Indians in schools, Kaupp coordinated a series of workshops for teachers.

In 2008–09, Kaupp led the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges as its president. 

In 2013, she co-edited Anthropology Explored, Second Edition: The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes

Kaupp stands at a podium. She is speaking into the microphone.

Related Resources

  • Kaupp, Ann. “Highlights of My Career at the Smithsonian.” Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes 18, no. 2 (Fall 2012): 29–31.  
  • Kaupp, P. Ann and Ruth O. Selig. “Looking Back Through Time: The Anthropology Outreach Office (1975-2012).” AnthroNotes (Fall 2012): 22-23.

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