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Dada Docot

Dada Docot

Assistant Professor // Anthropology

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Affiliated Faculty // Asian American Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // Asian Studies // SLC

Office and Contact

Room: REC 300


Phone: (765) 496-1290


ANTH 392: Anthropology of Migration, Borders, and Walls
SCLA 102: Transformative Texts: Critical Thinking & Communication II (Focus on Home and Decolonization)

Dada Docot received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 2018. From 2017-2019, she was a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at New York University Shanghai. She was also a visiting scholar at Oxford University’s Centre for Migration, Policy, and Society. Dada completed her masters degree in Human Security Studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tokyo and her bachelors in Journalism at the University of the Philippines. She joins Purdue University in Fall 2019.



Specialization: Anthropology of the Hometown; Migration & Diaspora; Visual Anthropology; Multiple Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Decolonization; Applied Anthropology; Philippine Studies; East and Southeast Asia

Dada is a cultural anthropologist whose works center on Filipino overseas migration. Her current book project presents an ethnographic account of everyday life in the so-called “Town of Dollars,” her hometown located in the Southeast part of Luzon Island, Philippines, that has been radically changed by overseas mobilties. She is committed to expanding conversations on the postcolonial condition that is fatigued by multiple histories of colonization, enduring precarity, and growing global inequality. While at New York University Shanghai, Dada began her research on Filipino teachers in China in the context of the changing relationship between China and the Philippines.

Also a visual anthropologist, Dada has shown her works in both academic and art environments including the Society of Visual Anthropology’s Film Festival, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the CaixaForum in Barcelona, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Bulgaria, among others

Dada’s research and community work have received support from New York University Shanghai, the Liu Institute of Global Issues, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-Canada, University of British Columbia, Ministry of Education-Japan, among others. Her projects can be found on

Prospective students interested in working with Dada are invited to reach out to her directly.