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University of Colorado Boulder
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Migration, Latinx History, US/Mexico Border Studies, Social Movements, Carcerality, Detention, Deportation, Ethnic Studies, Racial Capitalism
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About Me

Jessica (Yesika) Ordaz is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her doctorate from the University of California Davis in American History, with a minor field in Latin American History. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Ordaz was the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, which focused on comparative racial capitalism. Ordaz is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, The Functions of Immigration Detention: Forced Labor, Transnational Migrant Politics and Punishment in California’s Imperial Valley, 1939-2014The Functions of Immigration Detention examines the history of the El Centro Immigration Detention Center, an immigration facility located in California’s Imperial Valley, to explore the roots of and activism against immigration detention in the United States.

Recent Publications

“Protesting Conditions Inside El Corralon: Immigration Detention, State Repression and Transnational Migrant Politics in El Centro, California.” Journal of American Ethnic History: Immigration Control and Resistance: Historicizing the Present Moment, Winter 2019, Vol. 38, Number 2.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Gender, Human Rights, Migration & Immigration, Race