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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 on the northwestern side of the  Philippine island of Mindanao. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP), and Ph.D. in Government and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University. He taught at the Department of Political Science at Ohio University from 1997 to 1999 before moving to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University in 2000. From 2010-2011, 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.  In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Asian Studies Program at UH-Manoa.

Apart from his academic work, Jojo also writes political commentaries and book reviews for two e-magazines – Rappler in the Philippines, and Positively Filipino which is based in San Francisco.


Philippine politics (American colonialism; communist and Islamic insurgencies; the illicit sector; warlords and political clans)

Southeast Asian politics


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

Selected Publications


State and Society in the Philippines (with Donna J. Amoroso). Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 2017 (second edition)

Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim Mindanao Narrative. Ateneo de Manila University Press. 2010.

Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State. Ateneo de Manila University. 2020 (third edition)

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).

Book Chapters

“Memories, Political Order, and the Illicit in a Southern Philippine Frontier,” in States and Societies in Motion: Essays in Honour of Takashi Shiraishi. Khoo Boo Teik and Jafar Suryomenggolo, editors. Denmark and Tokyo: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. 2020.

“The Problem with a National(ist) Method,” Eric Vincent Batalla and Mark Thompson, editors. 2018. Routledge Handbook of the Contemporary Philippines. United Kingdom and New York.

“War and Peace in Muslim Mindanao: Critiquing the Orthodoxy,” in Paul D. Hutchcroft, editor.  2016.  Mindanao and the Prospects of Peace. Manila: Anvil Publishing Inc.

“The Puzzle of Filipino Nationalism,” in Jeff Kingston, editor. 2016. Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered. London and New York, Routledge

Current Research Projects

Prepping for Cacique Politics: Manhood, Violence and the Fraternity System in the University of the Philippines

The Two-Legged Rats and its Four-Legged Cousin: The Place of Rodent Infestation in Philippine Politics

Muslims and Americans in Late 20th Century Philippines: Hegemony at Work

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