Ellen Elias-Bursać is a translator, teacher, and independent scholar. From 1972 to 1990 she lived in Zagreb, where she worked as a translator and coordinated American study-abroad programs for Macalester College and the ACM-GLCA consortia at the Zagreb University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has worked as a language preceptor for Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian at the Harvard University Slavic Department, in addition to intermediate language instruction at the Critical Languages Institute at ASU. She has taught courses on the practice and theory of translation at Tufts University, as well as language classes for children and adults at the New England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In spring 2018, she taught two translation-studies courses at the Filozofski fakultet, Zagreb University on a teaching Fulbright. In spring 2019, she was translator-in-residence at the University of Iowa's MFA in literary translation. For six years, between 1998 and 2010, she worked as a reviser in the English Translation Unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. She has served as President of the American Literary Translators Association and contributing editor at Asymptote.