Anthropologist Kruckman Named Emeritus Professor

Posted on 10/6/2012 10:59:28 AM

Larry KruckmanLarry Kruckman, who retired from the IUP Anthropology Department in Summer 2011 after 27 years with the department, was named emeritus professor in Spring 2012.

While in the Anthropology Department, Kruckman taught a wide range of courses, from Liberal Study introductory classes to such topics for majors as first-year cultural theory, social change, medical anthropology, birth, and the senior theory seminar. During his tenure, he was instrumental in curating exhibits at the IUP Museum, as well as developing and cosponsoring conferences. For 15 years he was the department’s internship coordinator and, with the assistance of more than 30 majors, created and maintained the Postpartum Support International website, where he was acting president and continues on its president’s advisory board. He has published widely on birth and parental support, including articles in Social Science and Medicine.

In his last year at IUP, he cosponsored a weeklong conference on the socio-economic and legal aspects of Marcellus Shale extraction. He was also named the 2011 CHHS Researcher of the Year by the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was interviewed by the Korean-based SBS network for a documentary on his postpartum research, and was awarded the national Logan Award for his long service to Postpartum Support International and its website.

After retirement, Larry and his wife, Carolyn, moved to his boyhood home near Madison, Wisconsin. They continue to be involved in research and education programming related to birth issues. He says he misses students and colleagues, and is happy to receive mail. He can be reached at