Jonas Elbousty holds a few graduate degrees, including an MPhil and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the city of New York. He served as the the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and he is the current DUS of the Modern Middle East Major at Yale University. He is a faculty member in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and he also directs the Yale Summer Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he is a literary translator and a short story writer.
He previously taught at Al-Akhawyan 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, Maghrebi Studies, and the life and works of Mohamed Choukri.
Middle East/Near East Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
All Middle East
Arabic Language, Arabic Literature, North African
World Literature; Literary Translation
Poetics Of Exile
Memory and Nationalism in Mohamed Berrada’s The Game of Forgetting
Narrating Catastrophe and Longing in Alktreb’s “Homs and The Studio of Good People”
Syrian Refugee Poets in Sweden and the United States: Fractured Subjectivities and Belonging