The Department of Political Science has endorsed Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza to be its next chair to serve for a three-year term starting November 2016. She takes over after Dr. Jorge V. Tigno who served as chair of the Department from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Atienza began her academic career in the Department in 1993 as an instructor. At present, she is a full professor in the Department.
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 International and European 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.
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).
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.
Professor Atienza teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Philippine national and local politics, comparative politics of Europe, political sociology, qualitative research methods and political science research. Her research interests and publications cover local governance and devolution, human security, health policy and politics, and women and gender issues.