Dada Portrait

Dada Docot is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Purdue University and a postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo. Her current book project is based on her ethnographic fieldwork in her hometown in Bicol, Southern Luzon Island, Philippines. She is also a visual anthropologist and artist whose works center on Filipino overseas migration. Dada has shown her film projects in both academic and art environments including the Society of Visual Anthropology’s Film Festival, the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, the CaixaForum in Barcelona, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia, Bulgaria, among others. At the University of British Columbia where she completed her PhD in Anthropology, she held the Vanier Awards, one of Canada’s most prestigious research grants. In Vancouver, she co-founded the UBC Philippine Studies Series, a pioneering student-led area studies and community-oriented initiative in Canada.  In  2017-2019, she was a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at New York University Shanghai. In 2014, she was a visiting scholar at Oxford University’s Center for Migration, Policy, and Society. Dada studied her masters degree in Human Security Studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tokyo and bachelors in Journalism at the University of the Philippines.