Leah E. Abayao

Leah E. Abayao

Position: Professor, Dean
Categories: DHPH
Professor of History
Department of History and Philosophy
College of Social Sciences

Academic Background

Senior Fellow, The Frick Collection-New York City, USA
Research Fellow, Linden Museum – Stuttgart, Germany
Research Fellow, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, USA
Visiting Scholar, Katholieke Universitet Leuven, Belgium
Ph.D. in History, University of the Philippines Diliman
M.A. Social Development Studies, University of the Philippines
B.A. Social Sciences Majors in Anthropology and History, University of the Philippines

Research Interests

Indigenous Knowledge, Community Heritage, Philippines Cordilleras, Indigenous Peoples

Extension Work

Go Global SDGs in Action Student Challenge (with York University), 2022 – present
International Indigenous Student Exchange Program (with York University, 2021 – present
CHED Kabadang Research and Publication Capacity Building, 2021 – present
External Evaluator, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Mapping Program, 2020 – present
Community Archives (with the National Archives of the Philippines), 2014 – present


ORCID 0000-0001-5505-336X
Scopus Author ID: 11940079500 & 57402054500

Abayao, Leah, Podruchny, Carolyn, Fong, Jimmy. Indigeneity and the Production of knowledges on Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines (forthcoming)

Ronan Q. Baculi, Giovanni M. Malapit & Leah E. Abayao. 2022. Atmospheric pressure plasma deposition of silver nanoparticles on bark fabric for bacterial growth inhibition, The Journal of The Textile Institute, DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2021.2024378

Abayao, Leah. 2021. “Policy Landscape for Customary Forest Management in the Philippine Cordilleras.” Philippine Journal of Public Policy: Interdisciplinary Development Perspectives.

Abayao, Leah. 2020. Disaster Risk Governance in Northern Philippine communities: Issues and Prospects in Climate Change Talks. In Chou, K.-T., Hasegawa, K., Ku, D., & Kao, S.-F. (Eds.). (2020). Climate Change Governance in Asia (1st ed.). Routledge.

Abayao, Leah, Akanisi Sobusobu Tarabe, Vuthy Lic, Prasert Trakansuphakon. 2020. Forest Policies and Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Knowledge and Practices on Sustainable Forest Management: Fiji, Cambodia and Thailand. Tebtebba Foundation.

Abayao, Leah. 2019. Indigenous Studies as a platform for Internationalization in Higher Education. Proceedings of the Indigenous Peoples Education conference. University of the Philippines Baguio.

Abayao, Leah. 2018. Cordillera Objects in the Philippines Collection (of the Linden Museum). In Co-creation Labs: Illuminating Guests, Artists and New Voices in European Museums of World Culture. Sanstein Verlag and Linden- Museum Stuttgart.

Tolentino, Delfin (Editor), Abayao, Leah, Amores, Analyn, Martin, Marlon. 2017. Ifugao People of the Earth, ArtPost Asia.

Abayao, Leah. 2014. Spirituality and the (re) constructions of indigenous traditions. InUnsettling Discourses: The Theory and Practice of Indigenous Studies. Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio. 2014; Pages 127-134.

Abayao, Leah. 2013. Probing Indigenous Peoples Rights to Education. The Cordillera Review: Journal of Philippine Culture and Society. Vol. III, No. 1-2, March – Sept. 2011. Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio, Philippines.

Enkiwe-Abayao, Leah and Rebeca Rios-Kohn. 2013. Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women (Asia Pacific section) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Abayao, Leah.2005. Mainstreaming Intercultural Education: the case of UP Baguio’s Educational Assistance Program, Higher Education Policy 18, 409–411. Palgrave.

Abayao, Leah. 2006. Articulating Indigenous Peoples’ Culture in Education. In Indigenous Education and Empowerment: International Perspectives. Eds. Duane Champagne and Ismael Abu-Saad. Alta-mira Press, Oxford UK.

Abayao, Leah. 2001. Indigenous knowledge on Forest management and Conservation of Medicinal Plants among the Ifugaos of Northern Luzon. KASARINLAN Journal, University of the Philippines Press.

Abayao, Leah. 2000. Ifugao Ethnomedicine in History. The Journal of History. Volume 46, No. 1-4.

Enkiwe-Abayao, Leah, Jo Ann Guillao, Mikara Jubay-Dulay and Helen Magata. 2012. Reclaiming Forests and Coasts: Indigenous Peoples Cope with Climate Change. In Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples – Country Case Studies on Local Mitigation and Adaptation Measures Series. United Nations University – Institute of Advance Studies, Traditional Knowledge Initiative. 

Abayao, Leah, Sombolinggi, Rukka. 2010. Indigenous Peoples and the dynamics of development programs: The case of the East Kalimantan Communities Empowerment Program (EKLCEP). In Assessing the first decade of the World’s Indigenous People, 1995-2004. Vol. 1: The Southeast Asia Experience.

Abayao, Leah. 2009. Mayoyao Ethnohistory, 1850 – 1960. The Journal of History. “Philippine Ethnohistories: The Luzon Cordillera and Beyond”. Volume LV, January – December.