Racelis, Mary

Part Time

Mary Racelis joined the Ateneo de Manila faculty in June 1960, the first woman professor in the College. Fr. Frank Lynch, S.J., then starting both the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (DSA), invited her to be among his first staff members. Dr. Racelis was born in Manila in 1932 of a Filipino father and American mother. She received her elementary education in the Philippines, finished high school and college in New York (Cornell University, Sociology and Anthropology 1954), returned to the Philippines with her husband, Helmuth Hollnsteiner in 1955, and completed her M.A. Sociology at the University of the Philippines in 1960. In 1975, De La Salle University awarded her a Doctorate in the Social Sciences, honoris causa. In 2003, the Ateneo de Manila University awarded her a Doctorate in Humanities, honoris causa.

Areas of Specialization: 

Specializes in urban poverty,   community organizing, civil society,  gender, and social policy

Professional Association & Recognition: 

Research Scientist, Institute of Philippine Culture

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate Courses

  • SA 135: Contemporary Social Problems
  • SA 153: Family, Culture and Society

Graduate Courses

  • SOC 280: Family, Culture, and Society
  • SOC 290/ANTHRO 259: Contemporary Social Problems (Poverty, Well-Being, and Development)
  • SA 218: Research in Social Systems
  • SA 219: Readings in Social Systems