President

Prince Kennex R. Aldama

Prince Kennex Aldama is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at UP Los Baños. He finished BA in Sociology (cum laude) in 2013 and MA in Sociology in 2019, both at UPLB. His research interest is in the sociology of religion. His forthcoming publication with The Review of Faith & International Affairs (Scopus) for a special series on pluralism and religious conflict around the world was co-written with Dr. Jayeel Cornelio. It tackles the state of religious diversity in the Philippines. Prince also authored a major textbook for college, The Contemporary World (2018). He also writes opinion pieces for Rappler and Philippine Daily Inquirer to make his works accessible to the public. As an active PSS member, He regularly presents papers during the annual conference. He also participated in the SocioCaravan lecture series held at the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology in 2019.Prince intends to build on his existing relationships with peers in PSS to make the organization more visible in Southern Luzon. He intends to take advantage of the growing interest in the sociology especially among students in the region. He considers it a privilege to work for PSS in a more engaged capacity to advance its works in understanding contemporary issues in Philippine society.

Vice-President

Wynne Josephine Gambe-Escol

Wynne Josephine Gambe-Escol is an assistant professor who is serving as the chairperson and graduate studies coordinator of the Sociology-Anthropology Dept. at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. She has trained in sociology and psychology and has completed a doctorate degree in Sociology in 2020. She has 30 years of experience in teaching, mentoring, counseling, and evaluating college students from varying ethnic, gender, and social class backgrounds. Wynne’s research interests include marriage and family relations, city competitiveness, water governance, and gender inequality.

Secretary

Raquelyn J. Dadang

Raquelyn Jumawan-Dadang is a Sociology professor from Central Mindanao University (CMU) with research interests on environmental conservation and protection, sustainable development, social issues, women, and the elderly. Her engagement in research enables her to present papers in local, national and international conferences, and publish in refereed journals. She earned PhD in Sociology and Masters in Sociology from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, and the degree Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Central Mindanao University. She has been in the government service for more than 20 years. Before joining CMU, she was the Campus Director at Camiguin Polytechnic State College. When she transferred in CMU in 2014, she served as the Department Chairperson of the Behavioral Sciences Department and the curator of the University Museum-Anthropology section. Currently, she is the chair of the Institutional Ethics Review Committee, the Coordinator of the Biodiversity Public Awareness of the Center for Biodiversity in Research and Extension in Mindanao, and recently been elected as the secretary of CMU Faculty Association Incorporated. She is an active member of the Philippine Sociological Society and the Local Convener of the 2019 PSS Conference.

Treasurer

Jerome V. Cleofas

Jerome V. Cleofas, PhD, RN is a registered nurse and health social scientist. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Far Eastern University where he graduated cum laude. He then pursued his MA degree in Nursing, major in clinical management at St. Paul University Manila, where he previously worked as a nursing faculty, senior research associate and university planning coordinator. He earned his PhD degree in Sociology, major in family, health and population dynamics from the Department of Sociology and Behavioral Sciences of the De La Salle University, where he is currently a full time associate professor and the graduate program coordinator. He handles social research and health subjects in the undergraduate and graduate levels. Jerome is also a member of the Research Capability Building Committee of the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium, and a board member of the Philippine Sociological Society in 2022. His research interests include health social sciences, youth and emerging adulthood and family studies. He has published research in SCOPUS indexed journals. His 2021 publications focused on various facets of COVID-19 experiences of young undergraduates and non-traditional Filipino families. Dr. Jerome has been involved in international and nationally funded studies in the areas of tobacco marketing, disaster health and COVID-19 misinformation.

Board Member

Nina T. Castillo-Carandang

Nina T. Castillo-Carandang’s career as a sociologist in the University of the Philippines began in the agricultural sciences campus (Los Baños) before she joined the health sciences campus (Manila) & went into the fields of health social science, clinical epidemiology, & global health. She has investigated sociocultural dimensions of health & health care — the perceptions of laypersons, patients, health care providers, policymakers, & how such can affect health-seeking behavior, clinical practice, as well as policy (clinical, public health). Her current work looks at different facets of quality of life, & the Filipinos’ search for Kagalingan (well-being, happiness, & health), & living well & being well amidst cardiovascular diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, & asthma & allergies on the lives of Filipino communities, families, & individuals. In addition to her work in academia, she has also been a Cross-Cultural/Diversity & Human Resources Development Consultant for various organizations. 

 

Dr. Castillo-Carandang has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines), a  Master of Arts major in Sociology degree (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines), & a Master of Science in Design, Measurement & Evaluation (Clinical Epidemiology, Health Social Science) from McMaster University, Canada. Her PhD in Social Sciences & Global Health was from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

From February 2020 to February 2022 — Nina T. Castillo-Carandang, MA, MSc, PhD has given over 65 talks, media interviews on COVID-19 (socio-cultural, societal impacts, vaccination, etc.). As of end August 2020 to present, Nina has been a member of the World Health Organization’s Social Science Working Group for COVID-19. Nina was appointed (pro bono) in December 2020 to present as a member of the National Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) for COVID- 19 Vaccine.

Board Member

Hannah Nario-Lopez

Hannah Glimpse Nario-Lopez earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she is also now a member of the faculty and teaches Contemporary Philippine Social Issues, Qualitative Research Methods, and Social, Political, and Economic Thought. She served as Youth Advisor at the Southeast Wyoming Juvenile and Detention Center in the United States and has been a member of the Philippine Sociological Review’s editorial team since 2012.

She currently serves as a consultant of the Manila City Jail and is working with officers and jail administrators in the refinement of a detainee Intervention-Needs Assessment tool for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. She is working in collaboration with other scholars of Prison Ethnography and Criminology in a few ongoing projects. Her latest publication is titled Doing Qualitative Research on Emotional Labor in a Philippine City Jail, a methodological analysis of doing ethnographic work on emotions in a highly bureaucratized and masculinized setting.

Board Member

Josephine C. Dionisio

I am Associate Professor Josephine C. Dionisio, current Chair of the Department of Sociology in the University of the Philippines Diliman, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology. I have been an active member of the Philippine Sociological Society since 2006. I have served as member of its Board of Directors from 2007 – 2008 and as Guest Editor of the Philippine Sociological Review for a Special Issue. I am an active member of the International Sociological Association and I have joined several of ISA’s Research Committees. I was elected to serve as Board Member of ISA’s Research Committee 23 on the Sociology of Science and Technology from July 2018 – June 2022. If I am elected again to serve in the Board of Directors of PSS, I would continue the work of the PSS in the past several years that has built and strengthened a community of engaged sociologists all over the country. I would leverage my professional networks to help open up avenues for collaborative research as well as committed action for social change.