Nelson G. Cainghog

Nelson G. Cainghog, MA

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Nelson G. Cainghog is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. He served as Director of the Public Service Office of the University of the Philippines System and of the Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management of the Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations degree from the Australian National University and a Master of Political Science degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


  • Bachelor of Arts-Master of Arts Honors Program in Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2008/2009, BA magna cum laude
  • Master of Arts in International Relations, The Australian National University, 2012, with honours

Research Interests

South China Sea disputes, Philippine local politics, higher education policy

Recent Publications

  • Raneses, N.O, Cainghog, N.G., Tamayao, M.M. and Gotera, K.M.C. 2020. Consequences of kaizen practices in MSMEs in the Philippines: The case of the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program (MPEX) in Hosono. A, Page, J, and Shimada, G. (Eds.) Workers, managers, productivity: Kaizen in developing countries. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Kraft, H.J., Batongbacal, J., Cainghog, N., Naval, J. 2014. In defense of the Philippines: Assessing the factors affecting the country’s external defense environment. Public Policy 12: 68-112.
  • Cainghog, N. 2014. The Philippines in 2013: Of trust and betrayals, triumphs and disasters. Philippine Political Science Journal 35(1): 98-114.
  • Cainghog, N. 2011. Does the number of veto players matter? Cases of health policymaking among municipalities in Bohol, 1999-2003. Philippine Social Science Review 63(2): 31-54.

Courses Taught

  • Political Science 14: Philippine Government and Politics
  • Political Science 180: Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Science 110: Political Analysis
  • Social Science 103: Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Social Science 2: Social, Economic, and Political Thought