The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the highest decision-making body of PHISO.

1. Nassef Manabilang Adiong is Associate Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman. In the same university, he is the project leader of the CIDS Decolonial Studies Program, former co-convenor of CIDS Islamic Studies Program, and affiliate faculty member of the Center for International Studies. He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, Muslim governance in the Philippines, and political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity. He founded Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and initiated the creation of DSP (Decolonial Studies Program) at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. His works and publications are accessible at

2. Frances Antoinette C. Cruz is an Assistant Professor at the Department of European Languages, University of the Philippines, Diliman and co-convener of the Decolonial Studies Program at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. Ms. Cruz has taught classes on Migration, German Society and Culture, Western Civilization, Middle East-Europe Relations, and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. She obtained her Master’s degree in International Studies from UP Diliman in 2016, MA in German Studies at the University of Bielefeld in 2014, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Antwerp. Her present research interests are computer-aided text analysis, Philippine discourses and pedagogy on cross-border relations, and multilingualism. She is the current President of the Philippine International Studies Organization, the Vice President of the European Studies Association of the Philippines, At-Large South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Representative of the Global South Caucus of International Studies, and a board member of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society. Her latest publication, International Studies in the Philippines: Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice, is co-edited with Nassef Manabilang Adiong and was published by Routledge in April 2020.

harvey3. 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.


4. 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.

09567-erickson5. 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.

Doce, Brian U [BA-POLSCI] TOGA 11R6. Brian U. Doce is an MA holder in International Relations at Jilin University located in Changchun City, Mainland China. He took Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at University of Santo Tomas with the honor of Cum Laude. His master’s thesis is about the role of religious actors as epistemic communities on Philippine socialization to the progressive norms of human security regimes. His research interests are international relations, foreign policy analysis, epistemic communities, religious actors and faith based organization (FBOs), and non-traditional security issues in East Asia and ASEAN. In terms of professional experience, he served as an editorial assistant of Documentation Service, a monthly journal published by Theological Centrum from May to June 2015. He also worked as a Research Associate for the Makati Business Club before he went to China for graduate studies. Currently, he is a member of the joint research staff of the Chinese National Language Committee for the ongoing research entitled “A Study on the Language Policies of One Belt One Road Countries” under the supervision of Liang Xiaojun.

17910714_10210875518435440_1576513564_n7. Ricardo Roy A. Lopez is presently an MA Candidate in Asian Studies, Specializing in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman –Asian Center (UPD – AC). His research interests include Southeast Asian Studies and International Relations. He is also a member of the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO). He has contributed articles in the Ateneo De Manila University – Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Verstehen project and for PHISO – UPD – AC’s Forging a New Philippine Foreign Policy Collaborative Project.


8. Lorna Q. Israel (admitted on November 27, 2019) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Studies, Miriam College where she has been teaching for the past 15 years.  She handles courses on Research Methods, Social and Political Though, Gender and Development Studies.  She also serves as the coordinator of the Department’s Graduate Program in International Studies.  She has BA in International Studies (Maryknoll/Miriam College), an MA in Philippines Studies from the Asian Center, University of the Philippines where she is doing her PhD on Philippine Studies (Foreign Relations). Her research interests include humor studies, gender and development, language, violence, socio-cultural studies, Philippine Studies.  She is a member and past president of Kasibulan Women’s Art Group.

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