A novelist, journalist, and university professor from the Philippines, Dr Syjuco is an assistant professor of practice, literature, and creative writing at New York University Abu Dhabi, and a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times. His debut novel Ilustrado has been translated into 16 languages and was a NY Times Notable Book as well as the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Palanca Award, and other accolades.
Dr Syjuco has worked in journalism for 20 years, as a copyeditor and freelancer. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Time, Newsweek, the Nikkei Asian Review, the Globe & Mail, the International Herald Tribune, Rappler, The Boston Review, OpenDemocracy and the BBC, among others. For the past two years he has participated at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN as well as the World Forum for Democracy at the Council of Europe.
Dr Syjuco received a B.A. in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University, a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, and a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University.