Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista is a Professor of Sociology and former Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in the University of the Philippines. She is also the Commissioner and a former Co-Chair of the Technical Panel for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communications of the Commission on Higher Education and former Executive Director of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asian Research Institute, a member Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, and former Chair of the Executive Board of the Philippine Social Science Council.
She has written articles in various topics such as the middle class culture, democratic consolidation, gendered development, social science theory and methodology, sociology in the Philippines, economic crises and the quality of life of Filipinos. In 1994, her book (ed.) In the Shadow of the Lingering Mt. Pinatubo Disaster was conferred the Outstanding Publications Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology.
She has also garnered prestigious awards from esteemed institutions, such as the Outstanding Young Scientist of the Philippines from the National Academy of Science and Technology (1988), Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (1995) and Achievement Award from the National Research Council of the Philippines (2002). She obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.