Jan Robert R. Go, MA
Assistant Professor (on study leave)

Jan Robert R. Go is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree from UP Manila, and Master of Arts (Political Science) from UP Diliman. He is the managing editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal (PPSJ), the internationally refereed journal of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA). He was Coordinator of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Computer Laboratory from August 2017 to August 2018.

Assistant Professor Go handles courses on social, economic, and political thought; Philippine politics and government; the Philippine executive; society, politics, and government; qualitative research methods; and, Philippine and Asian political thought. His areas of interests include decentralisation and devolution, local political leadership, local citizen participation, the politics of educational reforms and governance, the new institutionalism in political science, Chinese diaspora, and politics of China.

He has been involved in research projects on health and re-election, rapid field appraisal of local government units, and money politics in elections, among others. He is also working on several papers on identity politics and the Chinese diaspora in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. At present, he is part of the team doing research on poverty alleviation in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Prior to joining the University, he worked at the Emergency and Humanitarian Action unit of World Health Organisation Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

  • Summer School on Chinese Language, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2017.
  • Master of Arts (Political Science), University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of the Philippines, Manila, 2009.
Research Interests
  • Decentralization and devolution
  • Local politics
  • Politics of educational reform
  • New Institutionalism in political science
  • Chinese diaspora
Courses Handled
  • POLSC 11: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLSC 14: Philippine Government and Politics
  • POLSC 111: Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science
  • POLSC 120: Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLSC 137: Special Topics in Comparative Politics (China)
  • POLSC 151: The Philippine Executive
  • POLSC 160: Society, Politics, and Government
  • POLSC 161: Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • POLSC 167: Special Topics in Political Dynamics (Education)
  • POLSC 125/195: Asian Political Thought
  • POLSC 126/196: Philippine Political Thought
  • Soc Sci 2: Social, Economic, and Political Thought