Dan Connell is a Distinguished Lecturer in Journalism and African Politics at Simmons College in Boston, MA. He received his B.A. in English from Hobart College and his Master's in English from the University at Buffalo. His previous experience includes working as a Middle East Projects Officer for Oxfam America, serving as Executive Director of Grassroots International, and reporting as an independent journalist and photographer. Professor Connell has consulted for a wide spectrum of organizations and events, including the State Department, the UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, the U.S. Committee for Refugees, and Human Rights Watch. His knowledge and experiences led him to publish numerous books and articles on Africa, the plight of refugees, and conflict management. A two-time MacArthur Foundation grantee, Connell's recent books include Women-to-Women: Young Americans in South Africa, and Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners ., Professor Connell has been invited to lecture around the United States, in London, and in Eritrea, and has been interviewed by major networks and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, and CBS-TV's "Evening News".