Maria Thaemar Camañag Tana, PhD
Assistant Professor of International Relations

Office: Room 3XX, Bulwagang Silangang Palma
Trunkline: (63 2) 981 8500 local 23XX
Links: LinkedIn

Dr Maria Thaemar Camañag Tana joined the UP Department of Political Science in 2019 immediately after graduating from the National University of Singapore (PhD in Japanese Studies). Her dissertation, supervised by Associate Professor Bhubhindar Singh (S. Rajaratman School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University), was on Japan’s human security policy. Before joining UP, Dr Tana was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, and a lecturer at the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, where she also obtained her masters 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

Courses Taught

IS 203: The Geographical Context of International Affairs
IS 263: International Peace and Security
POLSC 183: International Organizations
SOCSCI 2: Social, Political, and Economic Thought

Recent Publications

Japan’s Foreign Relations with the Philippines: A Case of Evolving Japan in Asia (co-authored with Dr. Yusuke Takagi, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies [GRIPS]). In James D. J. Brown and Jeff Kingston, Eds., Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia, New York: Routledge, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1138055445 ISBN-10: 1138055441

Japan’s Human Security: New Pressures, New Responses, East Asian Policy, Vol. 07, No. 88, 2015.
Print ISSN: 1793-9305 Online ISSN: 2251-3175

Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia and the Role of Civil Society Organisations as Norm Entrepreneurs, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013. Print ISSN: 0119-8386

The Security Predicament of a New State: Philippine Policy Toward Japan, 19461956, Philippine Political Science Journal, Vol. 33, Issue 2, 2012. Print ISSN: 0115-4451 Online ISSN: 2165-025X URL: