Jonas Elbousty has previously taught at Al Akhawayn University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. He has also held visiting faculty positions in a few universities, including at Stockholm University. He has given lectures at numerous universities, including Stockholm University, University of Lisbon, University of Copenhagen, Bochum University, Zhejiang University, University of Brussels, Dunărea de Jos University, etc.
Elbousty has taught widely in the areas of North African and Middle Eastern Studies, with a special focus on literary narratives. His research interests include theories of world literature, Eurocentrism, problematics of literary translation, postcolonial literature, modern Arabic fiction, Maghrebi Studies, and the life and works of Mohamed Choukri.
He is a literary translator and short story writer, and a consultant and external examiner to academic institutions and NGOs regarding North African and Middle Eastern Affairs. He has directed programs in the MENA region, serves on governmental and non-governmental boards, notably the advisory board of the American Councils for International Education.
Elbousty has numerous publications appearing in Michigan Quarterly Review, ArabLit, ArabLit Quarterly, Asheville Poetry Review, Banipal, Prospectus, Sekka, Live Encounters, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Journal of North African Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Literatures, amongst others. He has also guest edited special issues, including an issue on modern Arabic poetry in translation.
He has received many awards, including the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, 2020 Poorvu Family Award for excellence in teaching at Yale University, Special Commendation for contributions to education from the State of Massachusetts Senate, and research fellowships.