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Ieva Jusionyte — Doing Ethnographic Research on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

Ieva Jusionyte is the Watson Family University Associate Professor of International Security and Anthropology at Brown University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political-legal and medical anthropology, focusing on the social production of injuries. 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 American firefighters, EMTs and paramedics on both sides of the militarized international boundary. Threshold was selected as the winner of the 2016 Public Anthropology competition and awarded the 2019 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing and the 2020 Book Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Work. In addition to academic publications, Jusionyte has written about her research for The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian, and discussed it broadly in the media, including on BBC and NPR. She is the coordinator of the Border Injury Archive, an initiative that seeks to collect, systematize, and analyze data on injuries experienced by people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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