Jorge V. Tigno, DPA
Professor of Political Science

Office: Room 302, Bulwagang Silangang Palma
Trunkline: (63 2) 981 8500 local 2346
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Jorge Villamor Tigno is a professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He completed his undergraduate studies in political science in 1983. Prior to joining the Department, he was the director of a non-governmental organization working with Filipino overseas migrants. Since entering the Department in 1989 (as Instructor), he has undertaken studies on labor migration from Taiwan and the Philippines and migration trends and policies within the ASEAN region as well as civil society participation in local governance and electoral and party system reforms in the Philippines.

He is a Fellow at the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and a member of the Philippine Migration Research Network (PMRN), the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA), and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). In 2015 he received the NRCP Achievement Award in the Social Sciences. He has published in numerous journals and has authored, co-authored, and edited several publications including an edited book on Philippine political thinkers in the twentieth century published by UP Press. He was the recipient of the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) Research Fellowship in 1995, the Southeast Asian Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP) on Thai Language Training Fellowship in 1997, the Ninoy Aquino Professorial Chair Award in 2004, the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship in 2006, the Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF) in 2010, the Taiwan Fellowship in 2018, and the UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair in 2020.

He was president of the PPSA (2003-2005), NRCP Division VIII (Social Sciences) Chairperson (2008-2010), member of the SWS Board of Directors (2008-2018), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) (2004-2006), and Chairperson of the Department of Political Science (2013-2016). He is an elected member The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 045 (since 2006) and the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences Philippines Alpha Chapter (since 2017).


Doctor of Public Administration (DPA), National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), University of the Philippines, Diliman (2004).
Dissertation Title: Governance and Public Policy in the Philippines: RA 8042 and the Deregulation of the Overseas Employment Sector

Master of Arts (Political Science), College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), University of the Philippines, Diliman (1992).
Thesis Title: Politics of International Labor Migration: Philippine Labor Foreign Policy Towards Saudi Arabia (1979-1989)

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), University of the Philippines, Diliman (1983).

Research Interests
  • Asian labor migration and comparative immigration policies
  • Democratic consolidation and transitions in Southeast Asia
  • Local politics and state-civil society relations in the Philippines
  • Electoral and political reforms in developing states
Courses Taught
  • POLSC 11: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLSC 14: Philippine Government and Politics
  • POLSC 101: Introduction to Philippine Politics
  • POLSC 126: Philippine Political Thought
  • POLSC 127: Special Topics in Political Theory
  • POLSC 132: American Politics
  • POLSC 141: Readings in Philippine Politics
  • POLSC 145: Readings in Political Theory
  • POLSC 150: Philippine National and Local Administration
  • POLSC 201: Analysis of Philippine Politics
  • POLSC 251: Seminar in Philippine Political Institutions
  • POLSC 261
  • POLSC 294
  • POLSC 320: Issues in Comparative Politics
  • SocSci 2: Social, Economic, and Political Thought
Recent Publications

Jorge V. Tigno. 2021. Beyond Business as Usual: Philippine Labor Outmigration and the COVID-19 Pandemic. UP CIDS Discussion Paper 2021-01. UPCIDS Program on Social and Political Change. Accessed at

Jorge V Tigno (ed). Twentieth Century Philippine Political Thinkers; Selected Readings (Quezon City: UP Press, 2018).

Jorge V Tigno (2019). “Protecting Filipino Overseas Migrant Workers” in Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific edited by Mellissa Withers and Judith McCool. Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 133-146.

Jorge V Tigno (2018). “What One Hand Gives, the Other Takes Away: Migration, Food Insecurity, and Women in the Philippines” in Ensuring a Square Meal; Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia edited by Theresa W. Devasahayam. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., pp. 203-238.

Jorge V Tigno (2018). “Labor Migration from the Philippines: Has the Country Had Enough?” in Southeast Asia; Beyond Borders and Boundaries edited by Samuel C.Y. Ku and HerlinChien. Kaohsiung: Wenzao University Press, pp. 143-158.

Jorge V Tigno (2018). “The Philippines” in Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia edited by Akihiro Ogawara. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 110 – 128.

Jorge V Tigno (2017). “The Philippines in 2017; Popularity Breeds Contempt.” 2018. Asian Survey 58(1): 142–148.

Jorge V Tigno (2016). “A leader who shoots from the lip.” 2016-2017. The World Today. December 2016 and January 2017.pp. 32-33.