John N. Ponsaran

Affiliate Faculty, Faculty of Information and Communication Studies

Dr. John N. Ponsaran teaches development theories, poverty studies, development research, governance, political economy of health, and cultural studies in the University of the Philippines Manila employing the critical frame of analysis and the interdisciplinarity approach. Concurrently, he is serving as an editor of the Sentro ng Wikang Filipino and a reviewer of the Research Ethics Board. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Doctor of Communication Program of the UP Open University where he teaches critical media literacy and serves as a dissertation adviser and panel member. Given his interdisciplinary background, he strives in contributing to the co-creation of knowledge in the substantive areas of political economy of health, critical media pedagogy, and social justice communication. Towards this end, he has published research articles on medical tourism and media literacy in the UP Manila Journal, Chulalongkorn University’s Communication and Media in Asia Pacific, Walden University’s Journal of Sustainable Social Change, Bournemouth University’s Media Education Research Journal, Institute of Education Policy Studies’ Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, National Association for Media Literacy Education’s Journal of Media Literacy Education, and Finnish Methodology Society’s Journal of Methodology. As part of his dedicated service to the profession, Dr. Ponsaran has functioned as scientific committee member, panel evaluator, and peer reviewer in universities, academic journals, and professional organizations. He has also consistently performed public service through instructional materials development, advocacy lectures, technical assistance, and tool validation in various academic institutions, local government units, civil society organizations, and cooperatives, putting into good use his inter-animating background in development studies, governance, and communication.

Research Interests

critical media literacy, social justice communication, political communication, interdisciplinary communication, development education

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Doctor of Communication/ UP Open University

Master of Public Management/ UP Open University

Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies/ UP Manila


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