Angelica Docog is the executive director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, the university museum of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Angelica was appointment to the position in March 2012, and she was the first female, and Asian-Latina to lead the Institute of Texan Cultures.
“The Institute of Texan Cultures is a key element in UTSA’s community outreach efforts in San Antonio and across the state,” said Jude Valdez, UTSA Vice President for Community Services (retired). “As a scholar and museum professional with a proven track record of success, Ms. Docog is the optimal choice to lead the Institute of Texan Cultures in its mission to serve the community and provide access to unique learning opportunities on cultural history, as UTSA transforms into a Tier One research institution with a commitment to community engagement.”
Angelica’s ethnic heritage and raised in a military family definitely influenced her career path to work in museums, cultural history in the United States, and the community. Her mother is from Mexico and her father is from the Philippines, and because her father was in the U.S. Navy, she and her family lived all over the world. Whenever, the family moved to a new place, whether it was in America or overseas, two of the first activities her family did in order to learn more about their new home, were to visit museums and to do community service. Early on, Angelica and her siblings learned about US history and the importance of community engagement. Working in the museum field continues to give Angelica the opportunity to do both.
Highly respected by peers in museum sciences and administration, educator, researcher, and museum administrator, Angelica uses these skills in her work in public history, education and community engagement. Angelica is committed to providing educational opportunities on American cultural history, and the role the material culture and historic sites in shaping the historical narrative for the public to better understand history. Angelica a member of the board of directors of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, and Bexar County Historical Commission. Angelica is also a member of the Catholic Charities Refugee Advisory Board. In addition, Angelica was the co-chair of the City of San Antonio’s Tricentennial History and Education Committee. Angelica is a past member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliates advisory board and past chair of the Latino Committee of the American Alliance of Museums and the Asian Pacific Committee of the American Alliance of Museums.
In 2019, in recognition for providing innovative initiatives to promote museums as centers for multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional learning, Angelica was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. And in 2020, Angelica was awarded by her undergraduate college, Seton Hill University, the Distinguished Alumnae Leadership Award.
Angelica received her B.A. from Seton Hill College, in Greensburg, PA, and her M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies in Cooperstown, New York. As a graduate student, she was the recipient of the New York State Minority Fellowship. At the present, Angelica is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of
Texas in San Antonio (UTSA). Her area of research is how museums, cultural traditions, and landscape are used to formulate cultural tradition; cultural identity; cultural preservation; and cultural sustainability in American history.