My writing has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and newspapers, on subjects as diverse as Latin America, U.S. immigration policy, Latinos in the U.S., human rights, international humanitarian law, drug policy, urbanization, the environment and women. I have also appeared on the CBS Evening News, Sixty Minutes, National Public Radio, the BBC, Bill Moyers’ Now and many other national and international media.


Letter from Belfast,” American Scholar, September 2011.

The Body in Pain,” Sojourners, June 2011.

“Colombia and human rights,” in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context: Colombia (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution, May 2009), edited by Eileen F. Babbitt and Ellen Lutz.

“The Lessons of Mapiripán: A response to Lesley Gill,” Transforming Anthropology, Fall 2005

Human Rights as a Contest of Meanings,” Human Rights, Democracy, and Islamic Law (Volume I, Dossier 1) – Fall 2004

“Colombia and the ‘War’ on Terror: Rhetoric and Reality,” The World Today, March 2004.

Recorded in Stone: The women of Peru’s Shining Path, revisited,” University of London Institute of Latin American Studies, October 16, 2003.

“Lori Berenson’s Grim Future: Prison Life For Guerrillas Worsens Under Fujimori,” Pacific News Service, January 16, 1996.

“Dispatches From a Forgotten Front, Peru: Commando-Style Journalism,” Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 1991


How ‘World of Warcraft’ helped me through my divorce,” Salon, January 2011.

A Best-Ever Dog,” The Oxford American, Summer 2010.

“Murderers I have Known,” Glamour Magazine award winner, Summer, 2005.

Opinion pieces

Let her stay in the U.S.: Room for Debate on Lori Berenson,” New York Times, December 29, 2011.

Shaping a better world,” Raleigh News and Observer, January 1, 2011

Extraordinary rendition and a missing speaker,” (with Christina Cowger), Raleigh News and Observer, March 15, 2010.

“Trampling free speech all over the world,” Raleigh News and Observer, April 29, 2007.

“Seeking Truth in Greensboro,” Charlotte Observer, June 29, 2006.

“Call Colombia’s human rights bluff,” The Observer, February 7, 2004.

“Colombia: ‘Checkbook Impunity’ for Murderers,” Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2003.

“Colombia’s Mortal Paradox: Exporting Drugs Means Importing Chaos,” Washington Times, January 26, 2000.

“Sanctioning brutality in Colombia,” Washington Times, August 19, 1999.

Travel pieces

“In Her Own Words: Through Online Journal, She Talked Turkey,” Washington Post, June 17, 2007

Book reviews