Hi there! I am a political scientist writing on and working for political and social change in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. I am also driven by a mission to empower organizations and the public to make data-informed decisions.

I wear multiple hats as an an academic, entrepreneur, and researcher. I am the Founder and CEO of FIELDWORK PH, a boutique consulting firm serving the research needs of leaders in advocacy, development, and policy. I am also Managing Director of WR NUMERO RESEARCH, a technology-driven public opinion research company that provides decision leaders with accurate and actionable insights and forecasts.

I am also Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Development Studies at De La Salle University (DLSU), Instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University.

My academic work focuses on examining the contemporary troubles challenging fragile democracies in Southeast Asia including democratic decline, disinformation, and populism. I am a regular recipient of research grants and I have published more than a dozen book chapters, journal articles, and public reports in places like Asian Politics & Policy, Democratic Theory, and Review of Women’s Studies. I also actively contribute to public scholarship through my blog, op-eds, and regular interviews with the media.

Beyond my professional engagements, I also actively contribute to communities I am part of. I am an active member of the Philippine Political Science Association and the Philippine Sociological Society. Currently, I also serve as a faculty adviser of DLSU PRISM– an advocacy and support organization for the LGBTQ+ community in De La Salle University.

Prior to joining my current roles, I was Assistant Professor and Head of Political Science Program at the University of the Philippines Manila and Student Regent at the University of the Philippines Board of Regents. I earned my BA and MA degrees in political science from the University of the Philippines and Central European University, respectively.