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Dan Connell

Dan Connell
Professor of Practice
Library Building - L-306

Office Hours:

Mondays: 1-3pm

Dan Connell lectures in journalism in the Department of Communications and African politics in the Department of Political Science/International Relations, building on 35 years he spent working in and writing about Africa. His reports and commentary have been carried by the BBC, Voice of America, AP, Reuters, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Miami Herald, Middle East Report, The Nation, La Repubblica, The Review of African Political Economy, the Toronto Globe and Mail and other North American and European media. He has consulted for numerous aid agencies and human rights organizations, including the United Nations, Freedom House, Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, and he is the founder of Grassroots International and the Cape Ann Forum.

A two-time MacArthur Foundation grantee, Professor Connell is the author or editor of ten books, including "Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution" (1997); "Rethinking Revolution: New strategies for democracy & social justice" (2002); "Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners" (2004); and the "Historical Dictionary of Eritrea" (2010). He has also produced two anthologies of writing by his students at Simmons—"Women to Women: Young Americans in South Africa" (2006) and "Old Wrongs, New Rights: Student Views of the New South Africa" (2008)—based upon a short-term study abroad project on human rights in South Africa that he does every two years.

Selections of his articles and access to his books can be found on his personal website:


M.A. in English
University of Buffalo

B.A. in English
Hobart College