Maria Thaemar C. Tana

Maria Thaemar C. Tana, PhD

Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Maria Thaemar C. Tana is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research focuses on Japanese foreign policy, Philippine external relations, human security, and peacebuilding. She obtained her Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore in 2019. Before joining UP, Dr. Tana was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, and a lecturer at the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, where she also obtained her master’s degree in International Studies.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, 2019
  • Master of Arts in International Studies, De La Salle University, 2011

Research Interests

International Relations; Japan Studies; Foreign Policy; Human Security; Peace and Conflict Studies

Recent Publications

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Other Publications

Courses Taught

  • International Studies 203: The Geographical Context of International Affairs
  • International Studies 263: International Peace and Security
  • International Studies 290: Theories of International Relations
  • Political Science 183: International Organizations
  • Social Science 2: Social, Political, and Economic Thought