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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: STON 351


Phone: (765) 496-1290


Fall 2024

ANTH 392: Anthropology of Asia and the Asian Diaspora


Past Courses:

ANTH 620: Visual Anthropology

ANTH 392: Anthropology of Migration, Borders, and Walls

ANTH 205: Human Cultural Diversity

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. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo (2022-2024) and New York University Shanghai (2017-2019). Dada completed her MA in Human Security Studies at the University of Tokyo and her BA in Journalism at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She joined Purdue University in Fall 2019.



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

Dada is a cultural anthropologist whose works center on the hometown and diaspora. 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.

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 the UBC Liu Institute of Global Issues, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-Canada, Ministry of Education-Japan, among others.

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