Mary Racelis

Research Scientist

Dr. Racelis (formerly Hollnsteiner) is former IPC Director, as well as Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University. She has published extensively in the areas of poverty and well-being, urbanization, community organizing and people's empowerment, civil society, gender, children and youth, education, and socio-cultural change. Her close interaction with community based NGOs and People's Organizations over many years and her service on several local and international NGO boards has given her the informal title of "activist social scientist." In 1975, De La Salle University awarded her a DoctorateĀ  in the Social Sciences, honoris causa, while the Ateneo de Manila University conferred on her the doctorate in humanities, honoris causa, in 2003. In 2004, the Consuelo Foundation gave her the Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.

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