Professor Jose Wendell P. Capili earned his degrees from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), University of the Philippines (UP), University of Tokyo, University of Cambridge, and The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific) at the Australian National University. He is Professor of English, Creative Writing and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman and the Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Director, Office of Alumni Relations, University of the Philippines System.
He has published 7 books and over 300 articles in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. He received the Carlos Palanca and Cultural Center of the Philippines for Literature as well as scholarships, grants, and fellowships from the Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Singaporean, Hong Kong, Philippine, Australian, and British governments.
He was a recipient of the UP Gawad Chancellor, the Carlos P. Romulo Professorial Chair, and the UP Centennial Professorial Chair. He was a Visiting Scholar, Writer and Professor at the University of Cambridge, University of Hong Kong, University of Malaya, University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, Waseda University, University of Western Australia, and Yonsei University.
His creative and critical productions were presented in several conferences and festivals, including the Cambridge Seminar on the Contemporary Writer (2000), Hong Kong International Literary Festival (2001), Sydney Writers' Festival (2007, 2008), and The 76th PEN International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2010).
He has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CCTV (China), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), El Pais (Spain), SBS (Australia), and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) for his insights on creative writing, higher education, literature, migration, and popular culture.
Capili's 7th book, Migrations And Mediations: The Emergence Of Southeast Asian Diaspora Writers In Australia (1972-2007), was released by the University of the Philippines Press in May 2016.