Jonathan Rabb

Writing professor


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


Novels translated into 15 languages

Awards, recognitions 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