Hamzah Puadi Ilyas, PhD graduated from University of York, UK in 2016, with his PhD research titled “Critical Thinking: Its Representation in Indonesian ELT Textbooks and Education.”
Since completing his research, he has conducted several studies with regard to critical thinking funded by UHAMKA and MENRISTEKDIKTI. He is currently the Head of English
Education Department, graduate school, UHAMKA and the editor-in- chief of Journal of ELT Research (JER).
Apart from critical thinking, his area of research includes literature in ELT and creative writing. The last two areas are influenced by his undergraduate degree in English literature and his background as a fiction writer. He has had four novels and one anthology of short stories published. Also, his short stories in English and Indonesian have been published in
several newspapers and magazines. The academic life has changed his life from a fiction
author to an academic writer.