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- BA History, University of the Philippines-Diliman
- Ph.D. Government and Asian Studies, Cornell, 1997
In 1999 he moved to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at 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.
His current research is on the puzzle of American popularity among Muslim Filipinos; violence and the fraternity system at Philippine institutions of higher learning; and the politics of rodent infestation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
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 was a member of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) from 2012-2014.
- 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
Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State (Ateneo de Manila University Press: 2000).
Fellow Traveler: Essays on Filipino Communism (University of the Philippines Press: 2001), which won the Manila Critic’s Circle National Book Award for the Social Sciences.
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).
Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim Mindanao Narrative (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010).