The Board of Trustees

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

1. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD  is the Founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization). Editor of the following international journals and book series:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers)
– Global South Journal of International Studies (in progress)
– International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)
– Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press)
– Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Islam in the Philippines series (DLSU Publishing House)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan)

Associate Editor of the Mathal: A Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies (The University of Iowa). He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, Muslim governance in the Philippines, and political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity. At the prestigious International Studies Association, he was elected as the At-Large Asia Representative of the Global South Caucus of International Studies for 2018-2020 and appointed as one of the 7-committee members on the Status of Representation and Diversity for 2018-2021. He is a Chevening fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies from October 2018 to March 2019. Previously, he was a SUSI (Study of the United States Institutes) scholar on religious pluralism at The Dialogue Institute of the Temple University in Pennsylvania, USA, from June 24 to August 05, 2017, and a full bursary recipient of the online course on “Muslims and Jews: The Historical and Contemporary Encounter” provided by the WOOLF Institute in Cambridge, UK, from January 10 to June 29, 2011.

At the University of the Philippines Diliman, Nassef is assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, project leader of the Decolonial Studies Program and former co-convenor of the Islamic Studies Program of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and affiliate faculty member at the Center for International Studies. He is also a Professorial Lecturer of International Studies at Miriam College. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines conferred him the Professorial Chairholder in Political Science and International Relations on December 11, 2017. He is an adviser and member of the Multi-Sector Advisory Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service. For his updated works and publications, please click

2. Frances Antoinette C. Cruz is a tenured Assistant Professor of German Studies at the Department of European Languages, University of the Philippines, Diliman, and an affiliate faculty of the Center for International Studies at the same University. She has taught classes on transnationalism and migration, gender studies, and Middle Eastern relations with Europe. Ms. Cruz obtained her Master’s degree in International Studies from UP Diliman in 2016 and her MA in German Studies with a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) at the University of Bielefeld in 2014. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in European Languages (summa cum laude) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2009. Her key research areas are norm diffusion, the GCC, migration and IR in the Philippines. In 2015, Ms. Cruz was part of a Philippine team that won first place at the Geneva Challenge: Advancing Development Goals Contest. The team’s proposal explored the utilization of mobile technology to assist Filipino return migrants. In addition, she has presented and written papers on the networks of soft power in Asia, responses to migration in Arab Gulf States and technology and development. She is a member of the International Studies Association, the Linguistic Society of the Philippines and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

harvey3. John Harvey D. Gamas is 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, magna cum laude, from the same institution. He obtained his Master of Arts in International Studies, major in European Studies from the De La Salle University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Ignatian Institute of Religious Education Foundation. He is a member of the European Studies Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies. In 2014 his paper entitled The Tragedy of the Southeast Asian Commons: Ritualism in ASEAN’s response to the South China Sea maritime dispute was published by Brill in the European Journal of East Asian Studies. His research on international/diplomatic history, non-Western IR, regionalism, religion and IR, are largely inspired by the lens of constructivism and the English School.


4. Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano is a faculty member of the Department of Political Science, School of Law and Governance of the University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu City. She designed the A.B. Political Science major in International Relations and Foreign Service (IRFS) curriculum that is currently offered by USC. In 2010, she received an Australian Leadership Awards scholarship grant and in 2012, earned her Master of International Relations degree at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. She is currently the Chairperson of USC’s Institutional Ethics Review Committee. Her research interests include liquid modernity and human trafficking in international relations. Arch is also a member of the Philippine Bar and a lifetime member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cebu City Chapter. She earned her Bachelor of Laws degree at USC in 2000. Her community engagement is concentrated to being Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Legal Bureau Inc., a pro-women and children non-governmental organization in Cebu, Philippines.

09567-erickson5. Erickson D. Calata is Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Manila, Philippines. At PUP, he also serves as the founding adviser of the College of Political Science and Public Administration (CPSPA) Research Collective and Assistant Editor of the CPSPA Discourse. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Management from Cagayan State University in Tuguegarao City, Philippines in 2004. He also holds his Master of Public Administration from the University of Makati, Philippines where he specialized in Policy studies. He is currently taking his PhD in Philippine Studies specializing in Political Science at Asian Center, University of the Philippines. He was once a legal editor, human rights worker, and had spent almost two decades of active involvement in voluntary sector management before joining the academe. He was former Assistant Professor at the College of Governance and Public Policy at University of Makati where he taught Political Theory and Methodology, Comparative Politics and Public Policy from 2012- 2014. His research interests include International Relations, Globalization Studies, Social Policy Reforms, and International Political Economy.

Doce, Brian U [BA-POLSCI] TOGA 11R6. Brian 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.


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