Randy Boyagoda

Professor, Department of English


Fields of Study


Writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is the author of three novels, a SSHRC-supported critical biography, and a scholarly monograph. He is Principal and Vice-President of the University of St. Michael’s College and Professor of English and Christianity & Culture. Professor Boyagoda’s fiction has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2006) and IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize (2012), and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Selection (2012). He contributes essays, reviews, and opinions to publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, First Things, Commonweal, Harper’s, Financial Times (UK), Guardian, New Statesman, Globe and Mail, and National Post, in addition to appearing frequently on CBC Radio. He served as President of PEN Canada from 2015-2017. His third novel, Original Prin, was published in 2018. Professor Boyagoda teaches the Gilson Seminar on Faith and Ideas at the University of St. Michael’s College.

Research Areas

20th century American literature and culture; globalization; religion and literature; the Catholic intellectual tradition; urban literature and culture 

Cities of Focus

Toronto, Rome, Colombo (Sri Lanka)