Cornelio, Jayeel S.

Jayeel Cornelio is Associate Professor and the Director of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is also an associate editor of the journal Social Sciences and Missions (Brill). He has held visiting posts at Lancaster University, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. The broad theme of his work is religious change in the Philippines. He is the author of Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion (Routledge, 2016), which has been recently featured in a book symposium by the Journal of World Christianity. His other writings have appeared in a number of edited volumes and journals including Social Compass, Diogenes, the Review of Faith and International Affairs, and Religion, State and Society. He has edited special issues of the Asian Journal of Social Science (on religious philanthropy in Asia) and Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints (on Filipino Catholicism). His opinion pieces have been published by Rappler, New Mandala, Christianity Today, and the Union of Catholic Asian News. For his work on popular religion, he received the Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award from the Philippine Social Science Council in 2015. In 2017 the National Academy of Science and Technology named him one of the eight Outstanding Young Scientists of the Philippines. Jayeel finished his PhD in sociology from the National University of Singapore as recipient of a doctoral grant from the Asia Research Institute. For an updated list of his publications and other research activities, please visit
Full Time
Administrative Position: 

Director, Development Studies Program (1 April 2017-31 May 2020)

Contact No.: 
(632) 426 6001 local 5218-19
Faculty Position: 
Associate Professor
Courses Taught: 

DS 103 Perspectives in Development: Sociology
DS 120 Research Methods
DS 140 Practicum in Social Development

DS 150 Field Specialization
DS 165.35 Research in Development Issues

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