Patricio Abinales, Ph.D.

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Educational Background

  • BA History, University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • Ph.D. Government and Asian Studies, Cornell, 1997

Patricio “Jojo” Abinales grew up in the northern side of the Philippine island of Mindanao. He graduated with a degree in History at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP) and worked at UP for nine years as research associate and lecturer. In 1988, he was awarded the Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Fellowship for Southeast Asians and headed to Ithaca, New York to pursue graduate studies in Government and Asian Studies under the supervision of Benedict R’OG Anderson. He completed his PhD in 1997, and while writing the second half of his dissertation was hired as assistant professor at Ohio University’s Department of Political Science.


In 1999 he moved to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Kyoto University. At Kyoto, Jojo and his late wife Donna J. Amoroso, co-managed the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, a multi-lingual, on-line journal that simultaneously translates essays and reviews in Bahasa-Indonesia, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Filipino (Tagalog), Japanese, Korean and Thai, and does not charge any subscription fee. It remains the only one its kind in Southeast Asian studies.

Before he joined the UH Asian Studies Program faculty, Jojo was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, where he did research on the political economy of US economic assistance in Muslim Mindanao.

He is currently working on three research projects: the puzzle of American popularity among Muslim Filipinos; violence and the fraternity system in post-war Philippines; and rodent infestation and state-society relationship in the southern Philippines.

Jojo is Southeast Asia editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Political Science,the Asia-Pacific Social Science Journal, the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and Philippine Studies. He is also a member of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).


  • ASAN 312: Contemporary Asian Civilizations
  • ASAN 320P: Asian Nation Studies: Philippines
  • ASAN 491G: Food, Politics, and Culture in Asia
  • ASAN 620P: Directed Readings on Southeast Asian (Auto)Biographies and Methodologies

Selected Publications

Jojo’s publications include Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State (Ateneo de Manila University Press: 2000); After the Crisis: Hegemony, Technocracy and Governance in Southeast Asia (Kyoto University Press: 2005), which he co-edited with Takashi Shiraishi; Dislocating Nation-States: Globalization in Asia and Africa (Kyoto University Press: 2005); and Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim Mindanao Narrative (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010).

The book State and Society in the Philippines (Rowman and Littlefield: 2005), which he co-authored with Donna, was chosen as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles in Comparative Politics for 2006 by Choice, the publication of the American Library Association. Another book Fellow Traveler: Essays on Filipino Communism (University of the Philippines Press: 2001) won the Manila Critic’s Circle National Book Award for the Social Sciences.