Jonas Elbousty holds a few graduate degrees, including an MPhil and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the city of New York.
He previously taught at 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 its 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. Besides his academic responsibilities, he is a literary translator and a short story writer.
He 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 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.
He has received many awards, including the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and 2020 Poorvu Family Award for excellence in teaching at Yale University.