Benjamin Dangl is a writer, activist, editor, doctoral candidate and teacher focusing on Latin American politics, social movements and history. Dangl is the author of the book The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (AK Press, 2007), which has also been published in Spanish by Plural Editores in Bolivia and in Tamil by The New Century Publishing House in Tamil Nadu, India. His latest book is Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America (AK Press, 2010). He is also a contributor to Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Latin American Issues (McGraw-Hill, 2006), Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements (PM Press, 2014) and Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press, 2014)
He has worked as a journalist covering politics and social issues in Latin America for over a decade, writing for publications such as The Guardian Unlimited, Al Jazeera, The Nation Magazine, The Progressive, Utne Reader, CounterPunch, Alternet, Common Dreams, Z Magazine, La Estrella de Panama and dozens of other media outlets. He has received two Project Censored Awards from Sonoma University for his investigative reports on US government and military intervention in Latin America. Dangl has been interviewed on a variety of news programs including the BBC and Democracy Now!.
Dangl studied writing and literature at Bard College and Latin American history and literature at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. He received a Master’s degree in Latin American history from the University of Vermont in 2012 and is currently a doctoral candidate in Latin American history at McGill University. Dangl teaches Latin American history and politics and globalization at Burlington College in Vermont, is the founder and editor of Upside Down World, a publication on politics and social movements in Latin America, and works as the editor of Toward Freedom, a progressive perspective on world events.
He has been a participant in various anti-war and anti-globalization movements in the US and elsewhere in the Americas. Dangl plays the banjo, gardens, bikes, raises chickens and is a member of the Burlington, VT Homebrewer’s Co-op.