Associate Professor of Politics; interim co-director, Center for Teaching
B.A., Ateneo de Manila University; M.A. Exec., University of Amsterdam; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Rodelio (Rae) Manacsa offers courses in international relations, from international law to terrorism, and his recent research has focused on the rule of law issues in authoritarian contexts. He is an associate professor of political science working on international security, human rights, and comparative judicial politics. He also teaches and writes extensively on Philippine politics and law. At the University of the South, he teaches courses on human rights, international law, terrorism, and global security, international security, European Union, and introduction to world politics.

He obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, where he defended his dissertation with distinction, a distinguished honor seldom given by the Department of Political Science. He also obtained an M.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, completing his comprehensive examinations in comparative politics with distinction. He received a second M.A. from the Amsterdam School of International Relations (ASIR) at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where he also graduated with distinction.

Before coming to the University of the South, Manacsa was a full instructor (with tenure) at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Manacsa has obtained scholarships and fellowships for his outstanding teaching and research. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College and a European Union Scholar at the Amsterdam School of International Relations. In addition, he was selected and represented the Philippines in the 6th Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium for his contributions and accomplishments in university education. In 2015, he was one of the Direct Studies Program Participants (Select) in Advanced International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague, Netherlands.


Dr. Manacsa will be publishing book chapters related to the relationship between political communication, dissent, and democratization in 2021-2022. In addition, he is working on two current projects. The first is on the issue of Lawfare in International Security and Law. The second is a re-assessment of United States Counter-Insurgency policies.