Dawn Marie Paley

About Dawn

Dawn Marie Paley is a journalist from Vancouver, BC (Occupied Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories). She’s been based in Mexico since 2011.

Drug War Capitalism, her first book, was released in November 2014, with AK Press.

She’s written for magazines and newspapers including the The Nation, The Dominion, Ms. Magazine, The Tyee, the Georgia Straight, Briarpatch, NACLA Report, This Magazine, La Jornada, and many others, with a focus on alternative media. Upside Down World. Her work in radio and television has been featured on Democracy Now!, 9FDAF1A1-7537-4200-8A13-3656F49D955CFree Speech Radio News, and CBC Radio.

Dawn worked as editor of Toward Freedom for one year before leaving to pursue her own projects in September, 2020.

Dawn has a PhD in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. Her dissertation project examines neoliberal war and neoliberal disappearance–and resistance to it–in Mexico, in particular in the Laguna region in the northern state of Coahuila. It was released as a book, titled Guerra neoliberal: Desaparición y búsqueda en el norte de México, in 2020.

Together with Simon Granovsky-Larsen, she is co-editor of Organized Violence: Capitalist Warfare in Latin America.

In 2010, Dawn completed her Masters in Journalism at the University of British Columbia. Her thesis examines the Honduran elite and looks at how and why foreign reporters failed to accurately cover the 2009 coup d’etat in Honduras. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and First Nations Studies from Simon Fraser University.

Dawn is currently book reviews editor at Interface Journal and a member of NACLA’s editorial committee.

You can follow Dawn on Twitter @dawn_, like her work on Facebook, or find her on Academia.edu.

Photograph by Tywen Kelly.

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