Arugay, Aries, PhD


Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of the Philippines Diliman

Telephone number: (632) 920-7246 or (632) 929-0889
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Aries A. Arugay is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Inc., a nongovernmental policy research institute focused on domestic and regional security and development issues. 

He has a BA and MA in Political Science from UP Diliman and a PhD in Political Science from Georgia State University (Atlanta, USA). He joined UP Diliman in 2001 where he teaches courses on Philippine politics, comparative politics, international relations, politics of Latin America, political thought, and research methods. He is also Senior Editor of Asian Politics & Policy and a member of the Advisory Board of the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies.

He received several awards such as the 2012 International Student of the Year from Georgia State University. In 2015, he was selected as a Young Southeast Asian Fellow from the US-based Southeast Asia Research Group. He has received grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the Consortium for Non-Traditional Security in Asia, the Global Consortium on Security Transformation, the Empowering Network for International Thai Studies, and the Philippine Social Science Council.

His research interests include comparative democratization, civil society and contentious politics, civil-military relations, security sector reform, electoral politics, and institutional design. His doctoral dissertation investigated the role of civil society mobilization during regime crises in Southeast Asia and Latin American democracies. He has conducted fieldwork research in the Philippines, Thailand, Bolivia, and Venezuela. His latest publication is a co-authored chapter with Aim Sinpeng titled “The middle class and democracy in Southeast Asia” included in The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization (2015).

Areas of Specialization

Political parties, political dynasties, democratization, institutional design, constitutional reform, party-list election, executive-legislative relations.