Jonas M. Elbousty has taught at Al Akhawyeen University, Daniel Webster College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Emory University. He currently teaches at the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. He has taught widely in the areas of North African affairs, Middle Eastern and North African History and literature.
His research and teaching interests are comparative and Arabic literature; North African literature; Diaspora in Cinema, Postcolonial literature; Intersection between literary and political theory in literature. His research interests have focused on a number of issues within the broader field of Arabic literature, specifically the intricate relationship between literature and politics and the argument that literature can alter the political sphere. He is also conducting research in Medieval Islamic West History, and his research is concerned with the social and political tensions that arise from the study of religious minorities under the majority rule in the Medieval Islamic West. He is currently working on a project studying minorities in their sociopolitical and religious context under the governance of Almohads.
He directed diverse programs in the MENA region. He works as a consultant and external examiner to numerous academic institutions, offering consultations to language development, running workshops for language faculty. He also consults for NGOs, offering advice that pertains to North African and Middle Eastern Affairs. He is contracted as a language expert to provide final stage review and evaluation of test passages (written and auditory) and their associated test items (questions) for the Defense Language Institute’s Language Proficiency Test. He also serves as 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.