luis abesamis


I’m Luis Abesamis, a 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 University of the Philippines Manila’s Department of Behavioral Sciences where I teach undergraduate courses on health social science, gender and sexuality, and applied behavioral sciences.

My research interests include critical transgender studies, health social science, and community and development studies. My research work has been published in the Review of Women’s Studies (University of the Philippines), Global Health Research and Policy (BMC Springer), and 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 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 (ranked 7th in my batch) from the University of the Philippines Manila with a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences.