Dada DOCOT - Tokyo College
Postdoctoral Fellow


01 Description of Research

My research and creative interests as an anthropologist, community worker, and artist, are centered on the Philippines in which everyday life is permeated by overseas labor migration. I am currently working on my first book project about how global forces such as historical and contemporary migration have transformed life in my hometown in the Philippines. I also investigate the gendered and racialized labor trajectories of Filipino migrants. Currently, I am the principal investigator for the project titled “Overseas Filipino Workers amid COVID-19.” For more information about my work, please visit

02 Short Biography

2021- Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo College
2019-2021 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University
2017-2019 Global Perspectives on Society Fellow, New York University Shanghai
2018 PhD in Anthropology, University of British Columbia
2008 MA in Human Security Studies, University of Tokyo
2003 BA in Journalism, University of the Philippines

03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Journal Articles
Docot, Dada and Matthew C. Go. Fire and fear: 2021. Rapid cremations in the Philippines amidst COVID-19. Forensic Science International: Synergy 3: 100132. (equal authorship)

Docot, Dada. 2019. Taking the Long Route: Ethnographic Metacommentary as Method in the Anthropological Film Practice. Current Anthropology 60, no. 6: 774-795. DOI:

Docot, Dada. 2019. Urban ‘Clutter’: Stairway Landings of Shanghai. Streetnotes 26, no. 1: 250-264. Permalink:

Docot, Dada. 2017. Negative Productions during Fieldwork in the Hometown. GeoHumanities 3, no. 2 (2017): 307-327. DOI:

Public-facing Essays

Docot, Dada and Mark Sanchez, “Responding to the Anti-Terror Law from the United States,” Rappler, July 22, 2020.

Docot, Dada. “Anti-Black attitudes Among Filipinos in the Context of the U.S. Empire,” Rappler, June 23, 2020.

Docot, Dada. “Extraordinary Occupational Hazards: PH Migrants During the Pandemic,” Rappler, April 25, 2020

Docot, Dada [OPINION] “Demystifying the Campus Visit,” Conditionally Accepted Column, Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2020.