Lara Mendoza, PhD Cand.

EPAPC Project Team Leader


English Department & Development Studies Program

Ateneo de Manila University

LARA KATRINA T. MENDOZA is a Professor of English Language and Literature at the Ateneo de Manila university, where she has been teaching for 23 years courses on research writing, communicative purposes, essay writing, poetry, fiction, and drama.

She earned her AB Humanities and MA Literature degrees from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She earned an advanced Master’s degree (MaNaMa) in Cognitive and Functional Linguistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain) in Belgium. She is currently finishing her PhD degree in Music from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She was a Fellow at the Center for Popular Culture Studies at Bowling Green University in Ohio, USA from 2016-2017.


Lara also studied at the UP College of Music in the Bachelor of Music program for Choral Conducting from 2001-2003. She has been a member of the Ateneo College Glee Club, the Brussels Madrigal Singers, and Novo Concertante Manila, also serving as Musical Director of several parish choirs and music groups.


Her research interests in the last several years have centered on popular music in the Philippines from the 1990s to the present, especially the alternative/indie band scenes, bar events and beer gardens in Manila, and recently, hip-hop events such as rap performances and battle rap.

Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures

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