Jorge V. Tigno

Jorge V. Tigno, DPA


Jorge Villamor Tigno is a professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. 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, and the Taiwan Fellowship in 2018.

Prof. Tigno was president of the PPSA (2003-2005), NRCP Division VIII (Social Sciences) Chairperson (2008-2010), member of the SWS Board of Directors (2008-2018 and 2022-2023), 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). He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Social Sciences Review (PSSR).


  • 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

Comparative democratization; civil-military relations; international relations of the Asia-Pacific; contentious politics; security sector governance 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

Recent Publications

  • Tigno, Jorge. 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
  • Tigno, Jorge V. (ed). 2018. Twentieth Century Philippine Political Thinkers; Selected Readings. Quezon City: UP Press.
  • Mellissa Withers, Heather Wipfli, Marc Schenker, Teodoro Herbosa, Tasfia Jahangir, and Jorge Tigno. 2020. The Manila Declaration on Migration and Health: Commentary of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Health Program in Globalization and Health 16(12).
  • Tigno, Jorge. 2019. “Ritualism versus Universalism: The Challenge of Establishing an Effective Rights-Based Labor Migration Regime in ASEAN” Suvannabhumi; Multi-disciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 11(2): 159-186.
  • Tigno, Jorge. 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.
  • Tigno, Jorge V. 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.
  • Tigno, Jorge V. 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 Herlin Chien. Kaohsiung: Wenzao University Press, pp. 143-158.
  • Tigno, Jorge. 2018. “Are We There Yet? What It Will Take to Win the Philippine War on Drugs.” UPCIDS Policy Brief Series 18-004. (May). University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies, Program on Social and Political Change.
  • Tigno, Jorge V. 2018. “The Philippines” in Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia edited by Akihiro Ogawara. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 110 – 128.
  • Tigno, Jorge V. 2017. “The Philippines in 2017; Popularity Breeds Contempt.” 2018. Asian Survey 58(1): 142–148.
  • Tigno, Jorge V. 2016. “A leader who shoots from the lip.” 2016-2017. The World Today. December 2016 and January 2017.pp. 32-33.

Courses Taught

  • Political Science 11: Introduction to Political Science
  • Political Science 14: Philippine Government and Politics
  • Political Science 101: Introduction to Philippine Politics
  • Political Science 141: Readings in Philippine Politics
  • Political Science 126: Philippine Political Thought
  • Political Science 127: Special Topics in Political Theory
  • Political Science 132: American Politics
  • Political Science 145: Readings in Political Theory
  • Political Science 150
  • Political Science 201: Theories and Approaches in the Study of Philippine Politics
  • Political Science 251: Philippine Political Institutions
  • Political Science 261
  • Political Science 294
  • Political Science 320: Issues in Comparative Politics
  • Social Science 2: Social, Economic, and Political Thought