Stuckart, Michael


Stuckart Michael
Dr. Michael Stuckart
Director, Human Relations Program, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Contact Information:
stuckart@pitt.edu
814-362-5064
234B Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
M.S. Education, Temple University
A.B. History, Franklin and Marshall College

Academic Focus:
Dr. Stuckart offers courses in Latin America today, religion and culture, and North American Indian art.  He also teaches the capstone course for the Human Relations program.  In the summer of 2006 he supervised a field research course for fourteen undergraduates in Ibarra, Ecuador.  He recently was awarded a Research Abroad Program grant to take two Pitt-Bradford students to Ecuador in the summer of 2008 to conduct research with an indigenous group. He is developing a course in tourist art.

Short Bio:

After growing up on Long Island and starting his teaching career in a two-room school house in Lancaster County, PA, he joined Pitt-Bradford’s faculty in 1977.  He is also a core faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh’s, internationally renowned Center for Latin American Studies.  Over the years he has advised over 500 students, as well as Pitt-Bradford’s Anthropology Club, the International Club, the Minority Student Union, Phi Kappa Epsilon, and Pitt-Bradford’s baseball team.  Off campus, he works with the Seneca Nation of Indians in nearby Salamanca, New York.

He lived for almost two years in Colombia while conducting research on a traditional craft, and has traveled in Japan and China.  Since then he has turned his attention toward Ecuador, where he works with the Otavalo people, an indigenous group in the country’s Andean highlands.

Outside of school, he enjoys a variety of activities, most notable sailing.  He has sailed across the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean.  Most summers, he cruises the Great Lakes in his sailboat, a C&C 34+. 

Read about how Dr. Stuckart was teaching local kindergartners Spanish -- without speaking a word of English.