I am a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at Central European University and a Visiting Research Fellow at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. My work critiques the European Union’s pursuit of norms in global governance as a trade power. Through interpretive policy analysis and political ethnography, my PhD project attempts to reread the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences as a transnational site of intervention in the global souths. More broadly, my academic interests are preoccupied with (anti-)Eurocentrism in world politics, post-development, Philippine foreign affairs, ASEAN–EU relations, policy translation in post-colonial contexts, and visual politics. My most recent writing has been published in Politics and Governance, and I am currently contributing to a special issue on 'Disrupting European Studies' by the Journal of Contemporary European Research and to an edited volume on 'The EU in a globalised world' by Routledge.
As a UACES scholar, my ongoing ethnographic research in Brussels has been awarded a postgraduate bursary for 'doing essential fieldwork' in European Studies. In 2021, I was one of the recipients of the CEU Presidential Scholar Awards 'for exceptional Master’s and Doctoral students whose research shows promise for the next generation'.
At CEU, I served as teaching assistant for courses on the EU's Role in Global Governance (spring 2021) and Comparative Case Study Research (autumn 2020). I also joined a small research team to support the Horizon 2020 RESPECT project: Realising Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade (winter 2020). Extracurricularly, I volunteered to co-organise, and internationalise as much as possible, the 16th CEU Annual Doctoral Conference for PhD and early career researchers in political science.
Outside academia, I spent six years as EU outreach consultant for the European Commission's Support to European Business in Southeast Asian Markets (SEBSEAM) programme and as research and advocacy officer at the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines in Manila.