Ross Brann studied at the University of California, Berkeley; the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; New York University; and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell University since 1986 and served 14 years as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. In 2007 he was appointed Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.
Brann is the author of The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002). 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.
"Intellectually engaging students in the undergraduate classroom, in office hours and after class hours defines my life as a professor at Cornell."