Adan Martinez Ordaz| Research Program


Adan Martinez Ordaz is a PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Irvine. 
He was born in the the state of Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in the early 90s. Undertaking this journey as a seven-year-old had a significant impact in his life, not only in terms of his educational trajectory, but also regarding his social location. His passion for research is rooted in the experiences of navigating his own precarious identity and in trying to understand the complexities of transnationalism. 
As an undergrad, he was part of the UCLA Lemelson Anthropological Honors Program. His subsequent honors thesis examined mixed-status families’ use of Facebook Secret Groups as they navigated the legalization process. His research project culminated in a presentation of his thesis entitled “Immigration Portals: Social Capital and Community Formation on Facebook Secret Groups” at the UCLA Lemelson Honors Conference in May 2017 
Through his involvement with IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success), and in collaboration with the Undocumented Student Program, He had the opportunity to co-found UCLA’s first undocumented-student retention program: Undocumented Students Promoting Access, Retention, and Community (USPARC). 
Recently, Martinez Ordaz collaborated with Otto Santa Ana, from the Chicano Studies Department at UCLA, on a report titled: Documenting the President’s Verbal Animus Against Immigrants to Defend DACA Grantees.
Adan is currently working on a project tentatively titled Rasquache Restaurants, in which he explores how Latinos/as/x operate informal micro-enterprice home kitchen operations. In this project he is is looking at the intersections of space, place and race.  
His research interests include: Immigration, Citizenship, Illegality, Online Communities, Cybersecurity, Informal Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Surveillance. 

Cite as: Martinez Ordaz, Adan 2019. Research Program Description. University of California. November. http://centerforethnography.org/content/ adan-martinez-ordaz-research-program/essay



Experimental digital playground 

Graduate Research Objective:

Computer technology has changed the way that immigrants interact across borders. The expansion of social media means new types of interactions in which immigrants engage, including the exchange of sensitive information. The growth of anti-immigrant policies, nativist public discourse, and use of surveillance technologies by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in recent years have only deepened this fear and mistrust. This research will build and expand upon my undergraduate honors thesis to now focus on the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, and how the new surveillance policies and tactics enacted by the Trump administration have affected immigrant online communities. I will be drawing on data that I have already collected, as well as new coded datasets, which I will be compiling to employ a comparative and longitudinal approach. With this methodology, I will ethnographically capture and critically analyze not only the changes that these communities continue to experience, but also what are the privacy and security implications of Big Data surveillance in everyday life.

Research Questions: How have radical policy changes following the election of Donald J. Trump affected 1st generation undocumented immigrant communities on Facebook? How are immigrant communities online responding to the age of Big Data and mass surveillance? How can we best assess changing patterns of Facebook use alongside increasing computer surveillance?

|The Presidents Intent |

Trump's language about Latinos is racist.
His executive actions affecting them may be unconstitutional.