Michael Tan

  • Senior Researcher and PhD Supervisor
  • University of the Philippines, Diliman

Michael is a medical anthropologist, writer and academic, and was recently appointed 10th Chancellor of UP Diliman (UPD) at the University of the Philipines. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UPD in 1977, a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the Texas A&M University (1982) and a doctoral degree in Anthropology from the Medical Anthropology Unit, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1996).

Besides being a senior researcher for the ChemicalYouth project in the Philippines, Michael supervises Gideon Lasco and Mai Taqueban's PhD projects.


“Medecine et croyances populaires” (Medicine and popular beliefs). In: William Gueraiche (ed), Philippines Contemporaines, pp. 497-510. Bangkok: IRASEC (Institut de Recherche Sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine) and Paris: Les Indes Savantes. (2013)

“Making and Unmaking a Culture of Impunity: Anthropological Perspectives.” 2012. In: Florangel Rosario-Braid, Crispin C. Maslog and Ramon R. Tuazon, eds. Crime and Unpunishment, pp. 20-43. Manila: Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication and UNESCO-National Commission on the Philippines. (2012)

“Rizal and Science: A Struggle for Faith, Religion and Knowledge”. Budhi (Ateneo de Manila University), 16(2):1-29. (2012)

“Philippine Anthropology in a Post-Anthropology Age.” 2010. In: Jorge Tigno, ed. Philippine Social Science Discourses, pp. 7-24. Quezon City: UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.