Senath Walter Perera, Senior Professor in English, University of Peradeniya, obtained his doctorate from UNB, Canada, on a Commonwealth scholarship. His awards include Fulbright Fellowships to Virginia Tech and Cornell and the Trinity College Kandy Prize for Education. He has published extensively on Sri Lankan, Diasporic, and Postcolonial Literature in English. Perera was Chair of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), Articles Editor for Postcolonial Text, Editor of The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities for sixteen years, and on the inaugural Advisory Committee of the DSC Prize.
He has been the Bibliography Representative in Sri Lanka for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature since 1995, on the International Advisory Board of SARE, chairs the Sri Lanka chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies and edits its journal Navasilu. Perera also chairs the Gratiaen Trust which administers the Gratiaen Prize for Sri Lankan Writing in English which was established by Michael Ondaatje.