The Philippines Studies Group (PSG) is one of six country committees of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). PSG offers an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of scholarly ideas and the promotion of Philippine Studies.

The organization is headed by an Executive Secretary, also known as country chair, who serves for three years, with the assistance of an Advisory Board made up of twelve members on staggered terms. A Vice-Executive Secretary position was created in 2009-2010 to ease in transition between country chairs; the post of Recording Secretary, later renamed Treasurer, was created in 2012. The officers and board members are elected from the general membership. Megan Thomas (U California, Santa Cruz) is sitting Executive Secretary/Country Chair; the position of vice chair is currently open. Barbara Gaerlan (UCLA) is serving as Treasurer.

  • The twelve members of the 2017-2018 Advisory Board are (in alphabetical order): Stephen Acabado (UCLA), Jade Alburo (UCLA), Aries Arugay (U Philippines Diliman), Mike Atienza (U Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Michael Baran (Puget Sound CC), Bernardita Churchill (U Philippines Diliman), Maureen Justiniano (U Wisconsin-Madison), Ruth de Llobet (NYU Shanghai), Sharon Quinsaat (Grinnell College), Ramon Santos (U Philippines Diliman), Stephanie Santos (UCLA), and Katie Whitcombe (Oxford U).
  • The 2017 PSG Travel Fund committee was chaired by Bernardita Churchill, with members Yoshiko Nagano (Kanagawa University) and Barbara Gaerlan.  The travel fund  began in 2013 as an initiative of Lindy Aquino and Bernardita Churchill.
  • Every two years, a selection committee is formed by the Executive Secretary/Country Chair for the Grant Goodman Prize in Historical Studies. In 2017, the committee was composed of Paul Rodell (chair), Vina Lanzona, Nicanor Tiongson, and James Warren.

Past PSG heads (in alphabetical order) include Belinda Aquino, Roger Bresnahan, Michael Cullinane, Jean Paul Dumont, James Eder, Donn Hart, John Larkin, Glenn May, Michael Onorato, Cheree Quizon, Paul Rodell, Susan D. Russell,  Benito Vergara, Jr. and Robert Youngblood.



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