Assistant Professor of Practice, Literature and Creative Writing
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Ateneo de Manila University; MFA Columbia University; PhD University of Adelaide
Miguel Syjuco was born and raised in Manila. A novelist, journalist, and teacher, he is a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times. His debut novel Ilustrado was an NY Times Notable Book of 2010, as well as the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Hugh MacLennan Prize, the Palanca Award, and the Filipino Readers' Choice Award. Translated into 16 languages, it was also a finalist for several international prizes in its various editions and is currently taught in universities and high schools in the Philippines and around the world.
As a journalist and writer, Dr. Syjuco was a copy editor at The Independent Weekly (Australia) and The Montreal Gazette, and he has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, the Globe & Mail, The New York Times Book Review, Rappler, Esquire, The Boston Review, OpenDemocracy, the BBC, the CBC, Inside Higher Ed, and many others.
Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice, Literature, and Creative Writing at New York University Abu Dhabi, Dr. Syjuco was recently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and the International Writer-in-Residence at Singapore's Nanyang University. He has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Adelaide, a master's degree in creative writing from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the Ateneo de Manila University. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Santa Maddalena Foundation, the Adelaide International Scholarship, Canada Council grants for emerging artists, and Quebec Arts Council grants.
Both his fiction and non-fiction focus on politics, history, inequality, cultural identity, literature, and formal experimentation. He calls Manila home. His hobbies include parkour, photography, and taking lessons in skills at which he'll never excel.