Steve Fassberg is a native of Bethesda. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and has been in the Department of Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University since 1981. His teaching and research interests include Biblical Hebrew, the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Aramaic dialectology, and Comparative Semitics. He is the author of A Grammar of the Palestinian Targum Fragments from the Cairo Genizah (Atlanta, 1990), Studies in the Syntax of Biblical Hebrew (Jerusalem, 1994), and The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Challa (Leiden, 2010). Fassberg is the co-editor of the journal Language Studies and was an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Leiden, 2013).
Fassberg was elected to the Academy of Hebrew Language in 2005 and is currently the Associate Editor of its Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language Project. He has served as the chair of the Department of Hebrew Language, the director of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literatures, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, and Acting Provost of the Rothberg International School for Overseas Students.