Atienza, Maria Ela L., PhD

Professor
Department of Political Science
University of the Philippines Diliman

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Maria Ela L. Atienza, PhD joined the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman in 1993 as instructor and is currently professor. She is the Editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal, the internationally refereed journal of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA), and former Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (2010-2013). She also served as President of PPSA (2007-2009). She obtained her B.A. Honors (magna cum laude) and M.A. Honors degrees (1992 and 1993), both in Political Science, from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Executive Masters degree in European and International Relations (with distinction) from the Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam (1998), and Ph.D. in Political Science (2003) from the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University.

Professor Atienza teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on national and local politics, comparative politics of Europe, political sociology, and qualitative research methods. Her research interests and publications cover local governance and devolution, human security, health policy and politics, and women and gender issues. Dr. Atienza is the recipient of the Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Instructor (1999) from UP Diliman, first Young Scholar Dissertation Award (2006) from the International Society for Third-Sector Research, the Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award (2007) from the Institute for International Policy Studies, Centennial Faculty Development Award (2011) from the UP Alumni Association-New Jersey Chapter, and three Centennial Professorial Chair Awards from UP Diliman. She is the 2014 National Research Council of the Philippines’ Achievement Awardee for the Social Sciences. Her research outputs have been published by both national and international publishers and institutions. She is currently co-investigator in the three-year project entitled “Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda” funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Foreign and International Development of the United Kingdom. This project is being conducted in partnership with academics from the University of Nottingham.

Areas of Expertise

Local governance and devolution, human security, health policy and politics, and women and gender issues