Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan, PhD
Assistant Professor

Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. She has been teaching at the department since 1999. She was also former Deputy Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (TWSC) from May 2000 to May 2003, October 2012 to April 2013, and June 2013 to June 2014.

Professor Frago obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in 1991 and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the National College of Public Administration and Governance in 1999 from the same university where she teaches. From 2003 to 2006, she pursued her Doctor of Political Science degree at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies in Kobe University, Japan. Her dissertation is entitled “Environmental Politics and Discourse in the Philippines: The Clean Air Act of 1999.” This study examines the political dynamics between the state, environmental non-governmental organizations and media and the critical role of discourse in shaping the landmark environmental policy, the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

She has taught various subjects in political science, including Philippine government and politics, Philippine local and national administration, Philippine national and local administration, qualitative research, comparative politics and the politics of media. Her research interests include media studies, civil society and globalization studies, and environmental studies. She has been involved in various research and publication projects on the following themes: civil society and the globalization discourse, disaster management, local governance improvisations and human security issues in the case of super typhoon Yolanda.

  • Doctor of Political Science, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, 2006
  • Master in Public Administration, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1991
Research Interests
  • Politics of Media
  • Narratives of Peace
  • Environmental Politics
  • Globalization Discourse
Courses Handled
  • Political Science 11 (Introduction to Political Science)
  • Political Science 14 (Philippine Government and Politics)
  • Political Science 141
  • Political Science 152
  • Political Science 167
  • Political Science 170 (Introduction to Comparative Government and
  • Political Science 177
  • Political Science 110 (Political Analysis)
  • Political Science 196
  • Political Science 252
  • Political Science 270
Recent Publications

2019. “The Haiyan Crisis: Empowering the Local, Engaging the Global” in Carolina Hernandez, Eun Mee Kim, Yoichi Mine, Ren Xiao (eds.), Human Security and Cross-Border Cooperation in East Asia. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

2018. “Renato Constantino” in Jorge V. Tigno (ed.) Twentieth-Century Philippine Political Thinkers: Selected Readings, QC: UP Press.

2014. “Ha Pagtindog han Bungto:Improvising Local Governance and Actual Utilization of LDRRMFs in Yolanda-Ravaged Leyte and Eastern Samar” Kasarinlan Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 5-38.

2013. Co-edited with Teresa Encarnacion Tadem (eds). Comparative Politics and Government: (Re)Democratization and Development. QC: TWSC and UP Press.

2013. “Crossing Democracies in Asia” (an editorial) in Asian Democracy Review Vol.2, 1-4.

2013. A Book Review of Vergel O. Santos’s Chino and His Time, Philippine Political Science Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, 217–228.

2008. “Media Activism: Bantay Kalikasan in the Passage of the Clean Air Act” Philippine Political Science Journal, Vol. 29 (52), pp.25-52.

2006. “Media and Philippine Politics” in Tesa Encarnacion Tadem’s and Noel Morada’s edited textbook entitled, Philippine Politics and Governance, Vol. 2 Quezon City: UP and CHED.

2004. Co-authored with Sharon Quinsaat and Verna Dinah Viajar, Philippine Civil Society and the Globalization Discourse, Quezon City: U.P. Third World Studies Center.

2003. A Book Review of Dorothea Hilhorst’s The Real World of NGOs: Discourses, Diversity and Development in Philippine Political Science Journal Vol. 47 No. 23.

2003. A BooK Review of V. Verma’s Malaysia: State and Civil Society in Transition in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics Vol. 41, No. 3, (November).

2002. “Confronting Climatic Challenge” a book review in Kasarinlan Vol. 17 No. 1.

2002. “Jollibee: The Force Within the Empire” a case study written under the supervision of Dr. Ben Paul Gutierrez’s in his edited book entitled, Cases on Marketing Management in the Philippine.