He was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. He received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University (physics) and, in 1984, his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University (computer science). Kurose's main area of research is computer networking. He is a coauthor of the well-known textbook Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach. Among other awards, he received the 2001 Taylor Booth Award of the IEEE: "For distinguished contributions in advancing computer science and engineering education through teaching, writing an innovative textbook, curriculum development, and mentoring in the networking area." In 2013 he was the IEEEINFOCOM 2013 Achievement Award Winner: "For seminal contributions to the design, analysis, modeling and measurement of computer networks and their protocols, and for impactful service and educational contributions". Kurose has been a Visiting Scientist at the University Paris, Institut Eurecom, INRIA, Technicolor and IBM Research, among other institutions.