luis abesamis


I’m Luis Abesamis, an early-career social and behavioral scientist from the Philippines interested in exploring the queer Filipino experience within the realm of health and medicine. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of the Philippines Manila where I teach undergraduate courses in Behavioral Science and Sociology.

My research agenda is primarily situated within the intersections of critical transgender studies, health social science, and health policy. My research work has been published in the Review of Women’s Studies (University of the Philippines) and is forthcoming in the Community Development Journal (Oxford University Press). I have also contributed to research projects by the Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRIGHTS), the De La Salle University Social Development Research Center (DLSU SDRC), and Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes (AIHO).

I recently finished my Master’s in Health Social Science at DLSU Manila where my research work was focused on exploring the experience and sense-making of health among transgender Filipinos from an intersectional health justice perspective. Prior to studying at DLSU, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines Manila with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences.