Dan Connell

Grassroots International founder and former director Dan Connell is a lecturer in journalism and African politics at Simmons College, Boston.

His reports and commentary on Africa and the Middle East have been carried by the BBC, Voice of America, AP, Reuters, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Le Monde, Foreign Affairs and other North American and European media, and he has consulted for numerous aid agencies and human rights organizations.

A two-time MacArthur Foundation grantee, he is the author of six books, including Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution (1997); Rethinking Revolution (2002); and a two-volume Collected Articles on the Eritrean Revolution (2003, 2004). His latest book, Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners, a collection of interviews with five of the "G-15" Eritrean dissidents shortly before they disappeared in 2001, appeared in December 2004.

In 1983, Dan founded Grassroots International, which he directed for seven years. Currently, Dan leads the RootsNet, a circle of Grassroots International’s former board members, staff, and volunteers.

Shortly after 9/11, he founded the Cape Ann Forum, a community-based nonprofit in Gloucester, Mass., where he lives with his wife, graphic designer Debbie Hird.

Visit Dan on the web at danconnell.net.