Upcoming Event

Ieva Jusionyte at Harvard Book Store


Exit Wounds:
How America’s Guns
Fuel Violence Across the Border

In conversation with OSCAR LOPEZ


April 16, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes IEVA JUSIONYTE—associate professor at Brown University and award-winning author of Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border—for a discussion of her latest book Exit Wounds: How America’s Guns Fuel Violence Across the Border. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning journalist OSCAR LOPEZ. 

About Exit Wounds

American guns have entangled the lives of people on both sides of the US-Mexico border in a vicious circle of violence. After treating wounded migrants and refugees seeking safety in the United States, anthropologist Ieva Jusionyte boldly embarked on a journey in the opposite direction—following the guns from dealers in Arizona and Texas to crime scenes in Mexico.

An expert work of narrative nonfiction, Exit Wounds provides a rare, intimate look into the world of firearms trafficking and urges us to understand the effects of lax US gun laws abroad. Jusionyte masterfully weaves together the gripping stories of people who live and work with guns north and south of the border: a Mexican businessman who smuggles guns for protection, a teenage girl turned trained assassin, two US federal agents trying to stop gun traffickers, and a journalist who risks his life to report on organized crime. Based on years of fieldwork, Exit Wounds expands current debates about guns in America, grappling with US complicity in violence on both sides of the border.

Praise for Exit Wounds

"The wound resulting from the flow of weapons from the US into Mexico reaches our societies' furthest nerve endings. Ieva Jusionyte explores this wound with mind-blowing courage and the most incisive scalpel. She writes with Didion-like poise, observational power, precision, and intelligence."—Francisco Goldman, author of Monkey Boy

"Jusionyte investigates in archives, hospitals, prisons, and dark alleys; she interviews victims and criminals (operating both within and outside the law) to present evidence that the arms traffic that goes parallel to the 'war on drugs' is not a flaw or an accident but both a system of control and a business. Here it is, in black and white, the explanation for the United States gunwalking operation that contemplates the tragedy of the Mexican people not as a problem but as an acceptable outcome. Exit Wounds is as relevant as a book can be; it sheds light on mechanisms at the core of our daily catastrophe."—Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

"In this absolutely riveting account, Jusionyte follows US guns south across the border to uncover the stories of the people who buy, smuggle, use, seize, and sometimes even recycle them. Brilliantly told and bravely researched, Exit Wounds shows the full devastation of this flood of American-made steel—not only for the hundreds of thousands of people left dead, maimed, or missing but also for families, communities, and Mexican society."—Peter Andreas, author of Border Games: The Politics of Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide

"A remarkable and chilling book. Jusionyte writes with urgency, brilliance, and grace."—Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and co-author with Jodi Picoult of Mad Honey

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Ieva Jusionyte
Ieva Jusionyte

Ieva Jusionyte

Ieva Jusionyte is a legal and medical anthropologist and associate professor at Brown University. She is the author of award-winning ethnography Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018). A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Award, and a Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship, she has been studying borders, violence, and security in Latin America and the United States for over fifteen years. She lives in Boston. 

Oscar Lopez
Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez is a Mexican writer and freelance journalist covering violence, politics, and human rights. Currently a fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Oscar is working on a book about forced disappearance in Mexico. Before moving to Cambridge, Oscar was named the 2023 Josephine Patterson Albright fellow by the Alicia Patterson Foundation, supporting his reporting on disappearances. Prior to that, Oscar spent two years reporting for the New York Times in the Mexico City bureau, and was also a fellow at the Logan Nonfiction Program. Oscar is a graduate of both the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford, where he obtained a master’s degree in creative writing. A Livingston Award finalist, he has received numerous accolades for his journalistic work, including a 2016 GLAAD Media Award and a 2019 Excellence in International Coverage Award from the NLGJA: The Association of LGBT+ Journalists. In 2020, the NLGJA named Oscar Journalist of the Year. 

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