Celebrating the Scholarship of Professor Temario C. Rivera

For the month of October 2017, PHISO is celebrating the scholarship of distinguished Professor Temario C. Rivera.


Professor Temario C. Rivera is the Maximo Kalaw Professor of Political Science in 1997-1998, former professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and currently a professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines. For about a decade, he also served as a tenured professor of international relations at the International Christian University (ICU) of Tokyo. He was educated at the University of the Philippines (A.B. and M.A. in political science) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. in Development Studies).

He has been published in various international peer-reviewed journals, including Southeast Asian Affairs, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Journal of Social Science, Asian Cultural Studies, Asian Survey, and the Taiwan Democracy Quarterly. He has written extensively on Philippine politics and democratization especially on elections, political families, political parties, the armed struggles and the peace process, middle class politics, and more recently on the Philippines’ foreign policy.

His major work, Landlords and Capitalists: Class, Family, and State in Philippine Manufacturing (University of the Philippines Press, 1994) received the Outstanding Social Science Book Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 1996; the National Book Award (social sciences) by the Manila Critics Circle; and the U.P. Chancellor’s Book Award. He is co-author and co-editor of Chasing the Wind: Assessing Philippine Democracy (1st ed., 2011; and 2nd ed., 2016).

As Professor of International Relations, his other major works include State of the Nation: Philippines (ISEAS Singapore, 1996). He has contributed a chapter on “The ASEAN and the Politics of Major Powers: Impact on the Quest for a Regional Order” (2017); The ASEAN Dream: Half a Century and Still Unfolding (2017) edited by Edna E. A. Co and Carlos C. Tabunda Jr, published by UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and Development Academy of the Philippines;  The Philippines and Japan in America’s Shadow (2011) edited by Kiichi Fujiwara and Yoshiko Nagano published by NUS Press; Asian New Democracies: The Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan Compared (2008) edited by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao; Ethnic Business Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia (2003) edited by Jomo K.S. and Brian C. Folk published by Routledge Curzon;

Under his editorship for 20 years, the Philippine Political Science Journal, the official publication of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) gained the distinction of being the first professional social science journal in the country to be awarded an International Scientific Index (ISI) status and is now published by Routledge. Since 2013, Rivera has served as chair of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), a research and policy advocacy NGO focused on issues affecting various marginalized sectors in the country.

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