Sol Dorotea R. Iglesias

Sol Iglesias, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Sol Iglesias is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, teaching subjects such as Political Analysis, Comparative Politics and Human Rights & International Relations. She has a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies and a M.A. in Political Science from the National University of Singapore as well as a M.A. in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. She was selected as a Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Fellow in 2017. In 2021, she was a co-recipient of a Women in Southeast Asian Social Sciences (WISEASS) grant and a selected participant of the Beyond Essentialism Project of Essex University and the University of the Philippines. The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Democracy and Autocracy Committee selected her as an Emerging Scholar in 2020 and she won an APSA Asia Program fellowship and research grant in 2021. She was the first female, first Asian, and first Filipino director of Political and Economic affairs at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore. She also worked as a consultant to the World Bank and the Local Government Academy of the Philippines. She has published extensively on political violence in the Philippines, on Philippine politics and current affairs, on political conditionality in the European Union’s relations with Southeast Asia, as well as on regionalism in Asia and Europe. She is currently writing a book, How a Weak State Governs: The Dynamics of Violence in Philippine Politics, on the central-local interactions that produced violence in the democratic, post-dictatorship period.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2018
  • Master of Arts in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2013
  • Master of Social Sciences in Political Science, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (magna cum laude), University of the Philippines-Diliman, 1997

Research Interests

Political Violence, Democracy, Autocracy, State Violence

Recent Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Bersick, S., Bruter, M., Chaban , N., Iglesias, S., & Lenihan, R. Editors (2012). Asia in the Eyes of Europe: Images of a Rising Giant. Berlin: Nomos.

Journal Articles

  • Iglesias, S. (2023). The “war on drugs” violence in the Philippines under Duterte. Asian Politics and Policy.(Forthcoming)
  • Iglesias, S. (2022) Violence and Impunity: Democratic Backsliding in the Philippines and the 2022 Elections. Pacific Affairs. Vol. 95, No. 3.
  • Iglesias, S. & Ordenes, L. (2020). The Philippines 2018-2019: Consolidating Authoritarianism Under Duterte. Asia Maior. XXX: 215-239.
  • Iglesias, S. (2004) ASEM Enlargement and the Question of Myanmar. Stockholm Journal of East Asian Studies 14: 203-213.
  • Iglesias, S. (2003). Colonial and Indigenous Influences on Local Power Structure in the Philippines. Asia-Europe Journal. 1/4.: 541-549. 

Book Chapters

  • Iglesias, S. (2020) Navigating the Nadir of Philippine-European Union Relations. In ASEAN & the EU: The Untold Story. Tommy Koh & Lay Hwee Yeo, editors. Singapore: World Scientific. 
  • Iglesias, S. (2004) On New Dangers of Decentralization. In Asia in the New Millennium. Amitav Acharya & Lee Lai To, eds. Singapore: Marshall-Cavendish Academic, pp. 290-306.

Conference Proceedings

  • Iglesias, S. & Sofjan, D. (2002) Behind Closed Doors: Managing Ethnic Minority Issues in Singapore. Proceedings of the Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN) Regional Workshop. Bangkok: SEACSN.

Book Reviews

  • Iglesias, S. (2021). Review of Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz. Asian Place, Filipino Nation: A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution, 1887-1912. New York: Columbia University Press. Xi, 256 pp. Pacific Affairs. 
  • Iglesias, S. (2020). Review of Nicole Curato, Editor. The Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s Early Presidency. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 2017. ix + 337 pp. Garry Rodan. Participation without Democracy: Containing Conflict in Southeast Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 2018. xi + 281 pp. Journal of Asian Studies.
  • Iglesias, S. (2004). Review of Theresa Chong Cariño. Chinese Big Business in the Philippines: Political Leadership and Change. 1998. Viii + 167 pp. Asia-Europe Journal.

Other Publications 

  • Iglesias, S. (2021) Stakeholder Engagement in Public Diplomacy. In Communicating with Purpose and Value. Damien Spry & Trishia Octaviano, eds. Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation.
  • Iglesias, S. (2017). The Duterte Playbook. New Naratif.
  • Iglesias, S. (2013). The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding: Southeast Asia in Focus. Brussels: European Peacebuilding Liaison Office.
  • Iglesias, S. & van Langenhove, L. (2012). Co-Editor. Asia-Europe Meeting Outlook Report. Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation.

Courses Taught

  • Political Science 110: Political Analysis
  • Political Science 130: Introduciton to Comparative Politics
  • Political Science 331: Special Problems in International Relations (The European Union and Human Rights) 
  • International Studies 261: Contemporary International Issues and Trends (Human Rights and International Relations)