Ron Duncan Hart

Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist from Indiana University with postdoctoral work on Jews as the Other in Medieval Europe and Spain at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford. In the study of Judaism and culture Hart has done work with David Bidney, Robert Chazan, Jeremy Cohen, and John Messenger among others in the environment of folklore and anthropology at Indiana University and later Jewish studies at the University of Oxford.

Hart has done research on Sephardic traditions in South America, Spain, and North Africa with special attention to the Andalusian exchange between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in southern Spain and Morocco. Hart has written a dozen books on religion, cultural history and social change.

His most recent books are on Sephardic Jews, Judaism and Islam.

Hart is a former University Vice-President, Dean of Academic Affairs, and department chair, having taught anthropology at Georgia State University, the National University of Colombia, the University of the Andes in Bogotá, and InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. He also has worked in South America with UNICEF, the Ford Foundation and other international agencies. He has awards from the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Fulbright among others.

Recent Videos by Hart

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Jewish Life in Morocco

Jewish Quarter of Marrakesh

Vanessa Paloma Talks on Memory and Orality and Jewish Life in Marrakesh

Casablanca Purim

Anusim Conference 2016:
El Paso, Texas
Congregation B'nai Zion

See the Kosher Taco Truck

-- Peter Svarzbein
Conversos y Tacos

Hear the Stories of New Jews

-- Sonya Loya
Aliyah to Israel

-- John Garcia
From Catholicism to Judaism

-- John Garcia II
On his Return to Judaism & Aliyah

-- Blanca Carrasco
On her Involvement in the Jewish Community

-- Miguel Flores Zuniga
Judaism & the Juarez Torah group

-- Margarita Sosa Munoz
Her Jewish experience

The Thoughts of Rabbis
& Others

-- Rabbi Stephen Leon

-- Rabbi Daniel Mehlman
Israel and Galut

-- Rabbi Royi Shaffin
Aliyah & the Future of Israel

-- Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin
Birthright Israel

-- Gloria Abella Ballen
& Neorah Tremblay Garcia
The Return to Judaism & Aliyah



Articles about Hart

Hart on Sephardic Jews


Awards and Recognition
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts
National Science Foundation
Ford Foundation

Neustadt Lecturer on Jewish Life 2008
Oklahoma City University
Schlezinger Law Day Lecture 2011
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Dr. Allan P. & Leona Hurst Award 2014
New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

(For outstanding contributions to New Mexico Jewish history)

He can be contacted at

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P.O. Box 23924
Santa Fe, NM 87502


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