Jonas Elbousty holds a few graduate degrees, including an MPhil and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, where he served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for six years. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Council on Middle East Studies, and he is also the director of the Summer Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he is a literary translator and a short story writer.
He has taught at many universities, including Al Akhawyeen University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. He has taught widely in the areas of North African and Middle Eastern Studies, with a special focus on literary narratives. His research interests focus on the theories of world literature and the inextricable tie to Eurocentrism, problematics of literary translation, Cultural History, the Image of the Arab in U.S literary narratives, Postcolonial literature, Modern Arabic Fiction, Poetry and Exile, Maghrebi Studies, and the life and works of Mohamed Choukri.
He serves on the editorial and advisory boards of a few academic journals and works as a consultant and external examiner to numerous academic institutions. He also consults for NGOs, offering advice that pertains to North African and Middle Eastern Affairs, and has directed diverse programs in the MENA region. He has also served as a member on many advisory boards, including American Councils for International Education. He is also on many governmental and non-governmental boards and his advice is often sought by numerous agencies.
Elbousty has numerous publications, including three books Vitality and Dynamism: Interstitial Dialogues of Language, Politics, and Religion in Morocco’s Literary Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Advanced Arabic Literary Reader(Routledge Press, 2016), and Media Arabic (Routledge Press, 2021). He has also guest edited special issues.
He has received many awards, including the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and 2020 Poorvu Family Award for excellence in teaching at Yale University.