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Ordaz, Jessica Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Ordaz is interested in the history of immigration detention in the United States. Her larger research interests include immigration control, US-Mexico border studies, prisoner activism, and the carceral state.


  • Borders, Carcerality, State Violence, Detention and Deportation Regime, Migration, Asylum, Labor, Immigration History, Social Movements


selected publications


courses taught

  • ETHN 2001 - Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies: Race, Gender and Culture(s)
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduction to the study of race, ethnicity and gender in the United States. Overview of concepts, theories and analytic frames that shape the interdisciplinary field of Ethnic Studies. Focuses on historic, institutional, legal and cultural issues that impact African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Chicanas and Chicanos, European Americans, Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in the U.S.
  • ETHN 2536 - Survey of Chicana/o History and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Through historical and social scientific studies, novels, autobiographies, testimonies, films, music, and art, this course will provide students a survey of Chicana/o history and culture. Historical overviews of Chicana/o peoples from Mesoamerica; the Spanish Conquest; the historical presence of Chicana/o peoples in the Southwest; the rise of the Chicana/o student and community movements; immigration issues; and the gender, sexuality, and criminalization issues.
  • ETHN 3136 - Chicana Feminisms and Knowledges
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    Provides insight into the present socioeconomic condition of Chicanas and the concept of feminismo through interdisciplinary study of history, sociology, literary images, and film portrayals. Recommended prerequisite: ETHN 2001 or ETHN 2536. Same as WGST 3135.
  • ETHN 3671 - People of Color and Social Movements
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    People of color the world over are struggling for sovereignty, independence, civil and human rights, food security, decent wages and working conditions, healthy housing, and freedom from environmental racism and other forms of imperialism. Course analyzes and brings alive these struggles.
  • ETHN 4951 - Senior/Graduate Seminar in Ethnic Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Capstone experience in Ethnic Studies. Includes an independent research project and public presentation. Same as ETHN 5951.
  • ETHN 6101 - Topics: Specialized Comparative Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Focuses on a variety of advanced interdisciplinary studies. Themes include: Race and Sports, Critical Whiteness Studies, Race and Masculinity, Applied Community Engagement, Black Women in the Diaspora, US/Mexico Border Cultures, Criminalization and Latinas/os, Race, Violence and Film, and Cuba and Tourism. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended requisite: ETHN coursework.
  • ETHN 6841 - Advanced Directed Readings in Ethnic Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    This is a graduate level directed readings course designed to expand student knowledge in a particular area of concentration with a broad interdisciplinary and comparative framework. These areas of concentration include work in Africana, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana and Chicano and Transnational/Hemispheric ethnic studies. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.