Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb

  • B.A., political science, Yale University, 1986
  • M.A., political theory, Columbia University, 1990
  • M.Phil., political theory, Columbia University, 1991
First year at SCAD:

"My central interest is to teach people how to express themselves, and in particular how to write effectively. As a novelist, I have a real grounding in the nature of writing - language, structure, and narrative. These apply on all levels. They are the fundamentals of expression from basic composition to the more advanced forms of writing. At its heart, writing is storytelling. I find it no less compelling to teach whether it comes in the one-paragraph form or in the novel.

"I am also committed to teaching the business of the profession. Writers must understand how to navigate through the world of publishers, editors, and agents, and I bring a seasoned eye on all those fronts to the classroom."


Novels translated into 15 languages

Awards, recognition and honors

Novels: Dashiell Hammett Award, Rosa, Semana Negra, 2006; Editor's Choice, New York Times, Shadow and Light, 2010; Best Books of 2009, January Magazine, Shadow and Light; Best Books of 2005, January Magazine, Rosa; Best Books of 2009, Audiofile, RosaOther: Fulbright Scholar, 1991; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 1990; President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1988-1991

Outstanding Reviews: NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Toronto Globe and Mail, Publishers Weekly, Book List, Book Forum, California Literary Review, Library Journal, among others.


Blue Hill Troupe, NYC, former member of Board of Directors; Actors' Equity Association; Authors' Guild; Yale Whiffenpoofs of 1986 and Alumni Association

Publications and presentations

  • Novels: The Second Son, Shadow and Light (FSG); Rosa, The Book of Q, The Overseer (Crown/Random House)
  • Short form: "Trying John Scopes", I Wish I'd Been There (Doubleday); "Santa Muerta," (Strand); Op-Eds and reviews
  • Panelist: LA Times Book Festival, Los Angeles, USA; Le Salon du Livres, Paris, France; Semana Negra, Gijon, Spain; Noir in Festival, Courmayeur, Italy; Octava Feria del Libro en el Zocalo, Mexico City, Mexico; Los Angeles Expo, Los Angeles, USA
  • Performance: Soloist with New York City Pops, Carnegie Hall, Harrisburg Symphony, Albany Symphony; Off-Broadway: Fermat's Last Tango, Fermat

Previous Positions

Visiting Professor, NYU; Lecturer, Columbia University; Instructor, 92nd Street Y, NYC

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • WRIT 205 Writing for the Arts I
  • WRIT 322 Writing about Place
  • WRIT 350 Writing the Critical Review
  • WRIT 425 Autobiography and Memoir