George Piggford spent the first 25 years of his life in western Pennsylvania before moving to Montreal to pursue his doctorate in English literature and French theory at the University of Montreal. He spent 2 years teaching at Tufts University before entering formation for the Congregation of Holy Cross, which included theological study at the University of Notre Dame and led to his priestly ordination in 2005. He joined Stonehill’s English faculty in 2004.
George Piggford's research and teaching interests include modernism and postmodernism, gender, and questions of transcendence in literature.
Professor Piggford's current work focuses on Forster’s spirituality and his connection to the Hogarth Press, the aesthetics of Evelyn Waugh, and mysticism in Flannery O'Connor. Professor Piggford has participated in the SURE program twice, working with student research assistants on O’Connor’s fiction and the poetry of Walt Whitman and Sherman Alexie.
- B.A., M.A., Duquesne University
- M.Div., University of Notre Dame
- Ph.D., University of Montreal
- Critical Theory