Anne Nelson is an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, where she teaches “Writing on International Affairs” and is co-designing a new course called “New Media in Development Communications,” which will explore new media functions in areas of conflict, catastrophe and extreme poverty.

Nelson specializes in the area of media development, democratization and human rights. Her many publications include “The Media as a Non-State Actor in the Arena of Human Rights” (Columbia University Seminars/Columbia University Press), “The Demise of the War Correspondent?” (Columbia Journal of International Affairs), Murder Under Two Flags: the US, Puerto Rico, and the Cerro Maravilla Cover-Up (Houghton Mifflin), and (as co-author and editor) Twenty Years and Forty Days: Life in a Cuban Prison (Human Rights Watch). As Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (1988-1992) she was the author and executive editor of numerous publications on international press freedom, including the first Journalists’ Safety Guide to the Former Yugoslavia, the Attacks on the Press annual reports, and many regional media analyses. She was previously a war correspondent in Latin America, and also reported from Eastern Europe and Asia. Her journalism has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Macleans, and many other periodicals, and broadcast on the BBC, the CBC, NPR and PBS. Her writing has won six awards, including the Livingston Award for international reporting.

As playwright and screenwriter, she is the author of “The Guys,” a play about the post-9/11 experience, which has been produced throughout the United States and in ten foreign countries. It was published by Random House and Dramatists Play Service, and was made into a feature film in 2002. Her play “Savages,” based on the true story of a court martial for war crimes during the US occupation of the Philippines, was produced off-Broadway in 2006 and will be published by Dramatists Play Service.

Nelson was the recipient of a 2005-2006 Guggenheim Fellowship for her forthcoming book on the culture of German resistance in Berlin (to be published by Random House in 2007). She was formerly the Director of the International Program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (1995-2003), where she developed the first journalism course on human rights reporting and assisted with the creation of new journalism programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, and Phnom Penh. She has served on the selection committee for the Knight International Journalism Fellowships since 1996, and has been a consultant on media training, policy and programming to a number of foundations, including the Knight Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Irmgard Coninx Foundation, and ABC News. She is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.