The M. R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies, 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 since 1986 and served fourteen years as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
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.
Brann is currently working on Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture. In 2007 he was appointed Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. In June 2010 Ross stepped down as the faculty co-chair of the West Campus House System and completed his sixth and final year as Alice Cook House professor-dean.
Ross Brann Gives "Last Lecture"
In this CornellCast video, filmed in April 2010, Brann talks about the importance of the personal life journey, touching on culture, Mediterranean travel, and his life as "a child of the sixties."