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Ross Brann

Ross Brann is the Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in the Department of Near-Eastern Studies at Cornell. He has taught at Cornell University since 1986.

Brann is the author of Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002) and The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the editor of four volumes and author of essays on the intersection of medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures.

Brann studied at the University of California, Berkeley; the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; New York University; and the American University in Cairo.
"Intellectually engaging students in the undergraduate classroom, in office hours and after class hours defines my life as a professor at Cornell."

Ross Brann Gives "Last Lecture"

In this CornellCast video, filmed in April 2010, Ross talks about the importance of the personal life journey, touching on culture, Mediterranean travel, and his life as "a child of the sixties."