Cornell University

Ross BrannRoss Brann is the Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies at Cornell University. He 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 seventeen years as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Professor 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 in Sephardic Studies, and Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002). Brann is also the editor of four volumes and the author of essays on the intersection of Jewish and Islamic cultures. He is currently finishing Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture for the University of Pennsylvania Press. In 2007 he became a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow (for distinguished teaching), the highest honor Cornell bestows upon a member of its faculty.

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 and was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. During the 2018-19 academic year Brann will be a fellow at the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.


  • An Intimate Rivalry: The Jews under Classical Islam
  • Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sephardi Exceptionalism as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture
  • How the Encounter with Classical Islam Reshaped Judaism
  • Religious Nationalism and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict
  • The United States and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • WWI and the Making and Breaking of the Modern Middle East