Christian M. M. Brady

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Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady (left) and Graham Spanier, at the Schreyer Honors College medal ceremony on December 17, 2010.

Christian M. M. Brady (born 1968) is an American targumist, Jewish studies scholar and academic. He is Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University and is an Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies. He was formerly Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Jewish Studies at Tulane University (1997–2006). His administrative roles at Tulane included Director of the Jewish Studies Program (1998-2003) and Director of the Honors Program (2004–2006).

Brady's specialization is in biblical literature, rabbinic literature, and the targumim, especially Targum Lamentations and Targum Ruth. He is the author of The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations: Vindicating God, as well as several articles, book chapters and presentations in the field.


Raised in Montgomery Village, Maryland, Brady went to high school in Damascus, Maryland, received a B.A. from Cornell University in History and Near Eastern Studies and was the first-ever minor in Religious Studies, an M.A. from Wheaton College, Illinois in Biblical and Theological Studies, and a graduate diploma in Jewish Studies from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford and a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. He was a member of St Cross College. His first post-doctoral appointment was to Tulane University.

Family life[edit]

Dr. Brady lives in State College with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter Isabel (Izzy).[1] His son Mack died aged 8 on December 31, 2012, of an infection that led to septicemia, prompting an outpouring of sympathy from the local community.[2][3]

Blog and podcasts[edit]

For the dean’s latest thoughts on life at the Schreyer Honors College, see his dynamic blog and podcasts. The podcasts feature engaging conversations with Scholars, his State of the College address, and his vision for the future of the honors college.

Interesting facts[edit]

Brady is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church (USA). He has served as a trustee of the University of the South.

Brady is a regular guest on the podcast "Real Tech for Real People" talking about issues of general tech and technology in education.



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  2. ^ "John W. M. Brady Obituary". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Cole, Dave. "Scholarship Announced After the Passing of Honors College Dean's Son". Retrieved 12 January 2013. 

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