The newly elected PHISO officers for 2021-2023

PHISO is proud to announce its newly elected Officers.

The biennial election for the new members of the Board of Trustees for 2021-2023 was held online from October 25 to November 05. The active members for two consecutive years were eligible to run and be nominated. They were given two sets of Google forms (one for nomination and the other for voting) to nominate themselves and other members as well. The electronic voting was held on November 05 that resulted to seven members being elected. The newly elected members together with the outgoing (and by default, ex officio) Trustees conducted a virtual internal meeting on November 06, thus, resulting in a new set of officers for the succeeding two years.

2021-2023 PHISO Officers

Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano is currently Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Cebu where she serves as Coordinator of the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Legal Bureau. She obtained her Master of International Relations degree at Monash University in Victoria, Australia other than her degrees in Political Science and in Law at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. Her research interests include liquid modernity and human trafficking in international relations. Her latest publication entitled “Sexploitative human trafficking: A liquid problem in a cosmopolar international system”, forms part of the PHISO book project, International Studies in the Philippines: Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice published by Routledge. Archill designed the first A.B. Political Science International Relations and Foreign Service specialization course offered by the Department of Political Science, School of Law and Governance of USC where she previously worked as faculty member. She is also a member of the Philippine Bar and a lifetime member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cebu City Chapter.

Kobe Bryan Loterinia is a graduate student of Political Science specializing in International Relations at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is a current senior high school instructor at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila. His research interest includes global environmental politics, Philippine environmental foreign policy, & International Relations. You may contact him at  

Kebart P. Licayan earned his Master’s degree in International Relations at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. At the same time, he took a certification in Terrorism Studies and worked as a student research assistant at NTU. Mr. Licayan’s research interests include International Relations, security studies, Southeast Asian studies and terrorism studies. His previous program was in Political Science obtained from the Rizal Technological University, Philippines.

John Harvey D. Gamas is assistant professor and currently the Chair of the International Studies Department of the Ateneo de Davao University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies major in Asian Studies with a minor in Philosophy, from the same institution. He obtained his Master of Arts in International Studies, majoring in European Studies from De La Salle University. In 2017, he was selected by the US State Department to attend the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on US Foreign Policy at Bard College, New York. He is a member of several local and international professional organizations like the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO), European Studies Association of the Philippines (ESAP), International Studies Association (ISA), and Association for Asian Studies (AAS). His research and publication projects focus on regionalism, Mindanao Studies, international history, and non-Western International Relations.

Patrick Dave Q. Bugarin holds a doctorate in Asia-Pacific Studies from the National Chengchi University. His research interests include securitization, governmentality, non-traditional security, papal diplomacy, and the Dominicans. He is a perpetually professed lay member of the Order of Preachers and coordinates for the Asia-Pacific Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (APCLDF) in Taiwan. He usually spends his free time cycling.

Melanie Reyes is the Chair of the International Studies Department at Miriam College. She obtained her AB International Studies from Miriam College, her MA in Public Administration, Major in Public Policy from UP Diliman where she is currently finishing her dissertation for doctoral program on Social Development. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the UP Open University teaching Women and Development Research. Her research interests include migration studies, gender and development, public policy and advocacy, and governance studies. She is a member of the National Gender Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women and the Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS). She was a delegate to the 2018 International Visitors’ Leadership Program of the US Department of States, where she engaged with various government offices and organizations in Washington DC and three different states in the US (Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Utah).

Erickson D. Calata is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Manila. At PUP, he handles Political theory and methodology, Philippine Politics, Politics of Southeast Asia and Comparative Politics. His latest publications appeared in Routledge International Relations in Southeast Asia book series, Social Science Asia, International Journal of Policy Studies, Peace, Conflict and Democracy Journal. His recent research interests include Politics of Knowledge Production in the Global South; Nations, Nationalism, and Identity; and Coloniality and Decoloniality of Knowledge.

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