Ieva Jusionyte

Ieva Jusionyte

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences
Joint appointment with Social Studies and Anthropology
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Ieva Jusionyte is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political-legal and medical anthropology, with a focus on the study of state power and the materiality of violence; law and criminalized livelihoods; discourses and infrastructures of security; technologies of injury; politics and ethics of representation; and ethnography as method and storytelling. She is the author of two books: Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border (University of California Press 2015), which examines how journalists both participate in and contest global and national security discourses and practices in a region portrayed as the hub of organized crime, and Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018), which delves into the lives of Mexican and Mexican-American firefighters and paramedics on both sides of the international boundary. Threshold was selected as the winner of the 2016 Public Anthropology competition and awarded the 2019 Victor Turner Prize In Ethnographic Writing (3rd place) and the 2020 SAW Book Prize. In addition to academic publications, Jusionyte has written about her research for The Atlantic, the Los Angeles TimesThe Boston Globe, and The Guardian, and discussed it broadly in the media, including on BBC and NPR. She is currently conducting fieldwork for her latest project, Firepower, a multi-sited ethnographic study that follows firearms as they move through legal and political regimes that compete to define their meaning and value, from gun shows and pawn shops in Texas and Arizona to shooting ranges, forensic labs, and public disarmament campaigns around Mexico.

2020-21 Courses
Social Studies 98qd: Media, Power, and Resistance (Fall)
Social Studies 98ow: Crime and Security in Latin America (Spring)

Contact Information

Tozzer Anthropology Building 216