My life has taken me back and forth across three continents: from my home country of Lithuania, where I grew up and later, while studying political science and international relations, worked a journalist; to Massachusetts, where I went to graduate school to receive a doctorate in anthropology and returned to work; to the northern edges of Argentina, where I did ethnographic research for my first book; and now to the borderline between Mexico and the United States.

At Harvard University, I hold a joint appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. In 2016 I joined Harvard after spending four years as assistant professor of anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. For more information about my research and teaching, visit my faculty page.

The best way to contact me is by e-mail at If you are interested in news and updates on questions of security, crime, borders, rescue and emergency medical services, you can follow me on Twitter @ievaju. My academic publications are available online at