Ruth R. Lusterio-Rico, PhD
Professor of Political Science
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (July 2017 to present)
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Office: Room 318, Bulwagang Silangang Palma
Trunkline: (63 2) 8981 8500 local 2380

Ruth Lusterio-Rico, PhD is Professor and currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman. She served as Chair of the Department of Political Science from November 2010 to October 2013. She obtained her political science degrees from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Professor Lusterio-Rico teaches courses in political analysis, research methods, environmental politics, and the legislative process. She has done research and published several journal articles and book chapters on environment and politics, policy-making, indigenous peoples’ rights, and migration. She also co-authored a textbook on Understanding Culture, Society, and Politics which is used for a core subject in senior high school. In the summer of 2017, Professor Lusterio-Rico was Visiting Professor/Researcher at the Department of Political Science and Center for East Asian Studies, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Aside from her teaching and administrative duties, Professor Lusterio-Rico engages in volunteer work as program manager of LEAD, a leadership program for female senior high school and university students and a project of Kalinangan Youth Foundation, Inc. (KALFI), a private non-stock, non-profit foundation.


PhD Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2006.
MA Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1995.
BA Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1988.

Research Interests

Environmental politics; Indigenous peoples’ rights; Policy-making; Migration; Local politics

Courses Taught

Social Science 2 (Social, Economic, and Political Thought)
Political Science 11 (Introduction to Political Science)
Political Science 110 (Political Analysis)
Political Science 111 (Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science)
Political Science 137 (Special Topics in Comparative Politics)
Political Science 152 (Philippine Legislative Politics)
Political Science 199 (Research Design in Political Science)

Political Science 210 (Advanced Political Analysis)
Political Science 220 (Issues in Political Theory)
Political Science 277 (Asian Politics)
Political Science 299 (Research Seminar in Political Science)

Recent Publications

“Felipe Agoncillo” in Twentieth Century Philippine Political Thinkers: Selected Readings, edited by Jorge V. Tigno, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2018, pp. 213-217.

“Globalization and local communities: The mining experience in a Southern Luzon, Philippine province”, Philippine Political Science Journal 2013 Vol. 34 No. 1: 48-61.

“When Should Return and Resettlement Begin?”, in Ending the Displacement Cycle: Finding Durable Solutions through Return and Resettlement, edited by Nadeeka Withana, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, 2011, pp. 57-68.

Author and Editor, Promoting Peace, Development and Human Security: The Mining Act of 1995 and the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act, Quezon City: United Nations Development Programme and Philippine Social Science Council, 2009.

“Civil Society Groups and the Legislative Process: The Enactment of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act”, Philippine Political Science Journal 28 (51) 2007: 55-84.