MacArthur Fellows Program

Mark Danner

Journalist | Class of 1999

Berkeley, California
41 at time of award
Published July 1, 1999

About Mark's Work

Mark Danner is a writer specializing in foreign affairs, who offers a new perspective on the state of human rights and the role of America in the international community.

His incisive reporting on Haiti, El Salvador, the Balkans, Iraq, and NATO combine lucid historical reference and serious meditation on contemporary international relations. He is a penetrating analyst whose writings provide new insights into the use of American authority abroad. His article in the New Yorker on the El Mozote massacre, later published as a book, was the definitive work about the role of the United States in Latin America during the Carter-Reagan era. He is the author of Beyond the Mountains: The Legacy of Duvalier (1993), The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War (1994), The Saddest Story: America, the Balkans and the Post-Cold-War World (1999), The Road to Illegitimacy (2004), and Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror (2004).


Since 1990, Danner has been a staff writer for the New Yorker. He is also a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. 

Danner received an A.B. (1980) from Harvard University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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