Berkeley English Faculty

Mark Danner

Mark Danner

Professor
Class of 1961 Chair in Undergraduate Education

Wheeler 229 (English), North Gate Hall B-32 (Journalism)
Please contact directly for office hours.
mark@markdanner.com


Professional Statement

Mark Danner is a writer and reporter who for three decades has written on politics and foreign affairs, focusing on war and conflict. He has covered, among many other stories, wars and political conflict in Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East, and, most recently, the story of torture during the War on Terror. Danner holds the Class of 1961 Endowed Chair in Journalism and English at the University of California, Berkeley and was for many years James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College. Among his books are Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War (2016), Stripping Bare the Body (2009), The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History (2006), Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (2004), The Road to Illegitimacy: One Reporter's Travels through the 2000 Florida Vote Recount (2004), and The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War (1994). Danner was a longtime staff writer at The New Yorker and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. His work has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, Aperture, and many other newspapers and magazines. He co-wrote and helped produce two hour-long documentaries for the ABC News program Peter Jennings Reporting, and his work has received, among other honors, a National Magazine Award, three Overseas Press Awards, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Emmy. In 1999 Danner was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, the World Affairs Council and serves as a resident curator at the Telluride Film Festival. He speaks and lectures widely on foreign policy and America's role in the world. His writing and lectures can be found at www.markdanner.com.


Books
The Secret Way to War
The Secret Way to War

The Secret Way to War, with a preface by by Frank Rich, includes Mark Danner's strongly argued analysis of the Downing Street Memo as well as the complete text of the memo and seven other leaked British documents. Collectively, the documents show the....(read more)

The Road to illegitimacy
The Road to illegitimacy

What actually happened during the Florida vote re-count of election 2000? Investigative reporter Danner goes to Florida to report on the final, tense counting and re-counting of the actual ballots that took place after the Supreme Court decision. Int....(read more)

Massacre at El Mozote
Massacre at El Mozote

n December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select, American-trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women, and children, often by decapitation. Although reports of the massacre -- and p....(read more)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

English Department Classes