Photo of Allan A. MartellAllan A. Martell

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bachelor's Degree(s): Social Communications, Central American University (El Salvador), 2008
Master's Degree(s): Digital Media, Georgia Tech
PhD: Information, University of Michigan, 2020

Allan A. Martell is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Library and Information Science (LIS) where he collaborates with the Virtual Footlocker Project (VFP). His research centers on youths’ memories of historical episodes of violence such as civil wars, genocides, or dictatorships. In his work, he traces the interactions of youths with historical representations of violence in cultural heritage organizations — such as memorials, museum exhibitions and archival records — and how the design decisions around such representations shape these interactions. Martell’s interest in historical episodes of violence is informed by his own experience having been born during the civil war of El Salvador (1980-1992) and growing up in the postwar period. He is deeply interested in how personal archives of wartime serve as interfaces with the violent past, and how war veterans, through their records, offer opportunities for critical reflection and emotional engagement with this past. 

Research Areas

Social Memory, Memorial Museums, Community Archives, and Civic Design. 

Selected Publications

Martell, A. (Forthcoming). "Postmemorial Exhibitions: An approximation to negotiate cultural trauma among grandchildren of ex refugees and former guerrilla members in El Salvador." In C. Lara (Ed.), Historical Memory and Sociocultural Transformation. UCA Editores. 

Simioni, S., Martell, A., McDonald, Allison, & Abraham, Mhaidli. Designing Digital Literacy and Security Trainings for Latinx Immigrants in the United States. 3rd SOUPS Workshop on Inclusive Privacy and Security (WIPS). 2018, August 12-14. Baltimore, MD, USA. Workshop Paper. 

Selected Presentations

Martell, A. (Author & Presenter). 4S 2019 New Orleans: Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations. “Memory Labor and Nostalgia: When a Technology of Resistance Becomes a Tool for Control.” Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (September 6, 2019).

Martell, A. (Author & Presenter). Third Annual Conference of the MSA 2019. “The Negotiation of Collective Remembering Through the Production of Museum Exhibits.” Annual Meeting of the Memory Studies Association (MSA). Madrid, Spain (June 28, 2019).

Martell, A. (Author & Presenter). Ethics and Archiving the Web 2018. “Community-Based Participatory Research: Towards a Participatory Framework for Research on Community Archives.” The New Museum, New York, New York, United States (March 23, 2018).

Martell, A. (Author & Presenter). The 7th AERI Conference on Archival Education. “Memories from the Left: Leveraging Oral History Records to Examine Collective Memory of Former Revolutionaries.” Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI), College Park, Maryland, United States (July 15, 2015).

Selected Professional / Community Services

International Student Caucus at the Graduate Student Organization (GEO), Ann Arbor, Michigan (Students’ Union). Co-chair. September 2019 – January 2020

Enhancing Privacy and Security while Using Technology, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Workshop). Trainer. November 2017

Enhancing Privacy and Security while Using Technology, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Workshop). Trainer. November 2017

Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) (Conference). Reviewer. May 2016

Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) (Conference). Volunteer. May 2016