Jay Boss Rubin


Jay Boss Rubin has over a dozen years’ experience teaching, translating and interpreting Swahili, including engagements with Hofstra University and Union College (New York, USA); state, federal, and local court systems; and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. He first studied Swahili at Boston University (2000-2002), then attended the University of Dar es Salaam’s Intensive Summer Swahili program (2002) before embarking on a decade of working and volunteering in Tanzania and the United States. During this period he also took a special course on Swahili literature at the Kitunda Learning Center (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), attended professional development conferences for teachers of Swahili, and literary conferences that highlighted literature in Swahili. In addition to my university appointments, he has taught dozens of private students both in-person and remotely. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, focusing on translating modern and contemporary fiction from Swahili into English.