Associate Professor of Politics; interim co-director, Center for Teaching (Sabbatical-Advent Semester 2019)
B.A., Ateneo de Manila University; M.A. Exec., University of Amsterdam; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Rodelio (Rae) Manacsa received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He offers courses in international relations, from international law to terrorism, and his recent research has focused on rule of law issues in authoritarian contexts.
He is an Associate Professor of Political Science working on the issue areas of 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, among others. He obtained his 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 also has 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, Prof. Manacsa was a Full Instructor (With Tenure) at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Prof. Manacsa has also 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. He was also selected and represented the Philippines in the 6th Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium for his contributions and accomplishments on university education.
Currently, Prof. Manacsa is completing revision of his book manuscript entitled Gavels Defying Guns: The Judicial Control of State Power in Authoritarian Systems. He is currently working on an additional chapter on the South African Appellate Division. Besides this project, he has also begun work on a global analysis of the relationship between regime type and judicial independence with Prof. Karen Petersen at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), as well as on the effectiveness of third-party mediation in Enduring Civil Wars with Prof. Scott Walker (University of Canterbury).