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Dr. Ronald Kephart

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Faculty Bio

Associate Professor

Phone: (904) 620-1659

Office: Building 51, Room 2211


Areas of Expertise

Anthropology: linguistic, cultural, physical.

Linguistics: general; creolistics.

Caribbean languages, cultures.

Spanish language and linguistics.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1985.

Advanced Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 1985.

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 1980.

B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, College of William and Mary, 1968.

St. Johns College, Annapolis, Maryland, 1963-65.


Ronald Kephart is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida, where he has been since 1989. He came to linguistics and anthropology after teaching Spanish as a Peace Corps Volunteer on Carriacou, Grenada, 1971-74. From this experience he developed a deep and abiding interest, some might say obsession, with the role of "non-standard" languages in education, and this is reflected in his doctoral research. As a four-field trained anthropologist, Professor Kephart teaches and writes about a range of topics that includes language, human evolution, human biological and cultural diversity, and the uses of anthropology in helping to explain and solve human problems. As a scientific anthropologist, he is dedicated to research that is empirically based and that has the potential to lead to nomothetic explanations of human nature.