Ross Brann

Ross Brann
Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Cornell University

Ross BrannRoss 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 twenty 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), recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Sefardic Studies, 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, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Michigan and was elected as a Fellow by the American Academy for Jewish Research. Brann is also the editor of four volumes and author of many essays on the intersection of Jewish and Islamic culture. He is currently completing Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Cultural Tropes (for the University of Pennsylvania Press).

In 1996, he received the Stephen and Margery Russell Award for Distinguished Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences and in 2007 he was named Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell. From 2004-2010 Brann served as the founding West Campus House Professor-Dean of Alice Cook House, Cornell’s first faculty-led student-run residence.

Selected Publications

Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Eleventh- and Twelfth- Century Islamic Spain (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), 208 pp.

The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), 228 pp.

“Andalusi “Exceptionalism”,” in A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History, ed. Karla Mallette and Suzanne Akbari (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 119-134.

“Competing Tropes of Eleventh Century Andalusi Jewish Culture,” in Ot LeTova: Essays in Honor of Professor Tova Rosen, ed. Eli Yassif, Haviva Ishay, Uriah Kfir [Mikan 11/El Prezente 6] (Be’er Sheba: Heksherim Research Center and the Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University and the Gaon Center for Ladino Culture, 2012), 7-26.

“The Moors?” Medieval Encounters 15 (2009): 307-318.

“He Said, She Said: Re-inscribing the Andalusi Arabic Love Lyric,” in Raymond P. Scheindlin Festschrift, ed. Michael. Rand and Jonathan Decter (Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007), 7-15.