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Philippine Studies prof is the new Asian Center dean

(May 14)—Dr. Carolyn I. Sobritchea, a Philippine Studies professor, was sworn into office by Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma as the new dean of the Asian Center (AC) at the Office of the Chancellor in Quezon Hall.

She started her term on April 1 and will serve as dean until May 31, 2013.

Sobritchea obtained three degrees from UPD: a PhD in Anthropology in UPD in 1987, a master’s degree in Asian Studies with Southeast Asia as area of specialization in 1973, and a B.A. Anthropology  in 1968. From 1979 to 1980, she completed 24 units of coursework for a Fullbright Doctoral Enrichment Studies in Anthropology at the State University of New York.

 She served as director of the UP Center for Women’s Studies (2000 to 2007) and as its deputy director for Training and Extension Service (1991 to 1999).  She worked as project leader of numerous national and Asian regional studies including the study Enhancing the Capacities of Women NGOs and Networks to Monitor the Implementation of CEDAW through National, Regional and Local Policies and Programs sponsored by the UCWS Foundation and UNIFEM.

She is a member of the editorial board of Asian Women, a biannually journal of the Research Institute of Asian Women (RIAW), Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. She is also a member of the editorial board of advisers of Gender, Technology and Development, a refereed journal of the Asian Institute of Technology of Thailand.

Sobritchea authored and edited several books, journal articles, policy papers and advocacy materials on women’s issues. Some of her works include Gender Poverty and the Philippine Economy published in Tanaka, Kazuko (ed.) Gender: An Asian Perspective by the Fuku Press in Tokyo, Japan in 2008; The Paradoxes of Globalization and the Politics of Imaging its Costs and Gains for Women, published in Pananaw Newsletter in 2008; and The Philippine Laws on Violence Against Women and their Children in F-GENS Publication Series 22 in Ochanomizu University, Japan in 2007. 

She also authored Constructions of Mothering: The Experience of Female Filipino Overseas Workers, a chapter in the book Mothering in Asia: Images, ideologies and Identities published by the Singapore University Press in 2007. —H.C.P.