Jonathan Rabb

  • B.A., political science, Yale University, 1986
  • M.A., political theory, Columbia University, 1990
  • M.Phil., political theory, Columbia University, 1991

"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."

Jonathan Rabb | Writing professor

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

Previous Positions

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

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