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 galore, including the The Nation, The Dominion, Ms. Magazine, The Tyee, the Georgia Straight, Briarpatch, NACLA Reports, This Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Counterpunch, The Vue Weekly, Watershed Sentinel and 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 has worked as editor of Toward Freedom since September, 2019.

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.

In 2010, Dawn completed her Masters in Journalism at the University of British Columbia. Her thesis examines 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.

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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