Richard Brown

Guatemala Instructor

B.A., Anthropology – Columbia University, 2010

Diploma Superior, Migration Studies – Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO), 2019

Rich is working with Dragons to found the Forum on Migration, an interactive Immigration Studies program that facilitates conversations between U.S. classrooms and migrating families, activists, experts, and government decision-makers. He also translates for Amnesty International and the DC Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.

Rich worked as a multimedia journalist, editor, and translator in Guatemala from 2013-2018 at EntreMundos Magazine, a bilingual human rights and development publication, and other outlets. He covered issues like migration, climate change, and land and water conflict, with a focus on Indigenous perspectives. Rich leads Dragons programs in Guatemala to introduce students to inspiring communities, and he brings Central American perspectives to U.S. classrooms in speaking tours about the causes of immigration from the region.

He grew up (mostly) in northern Virginia and has traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Belgium, France, Estonia, Egypt, and Guatemala, as well as Appalachia, VA, Taos, NM, Arcosanti, AZ, and New York City. His happy place is floating down a river, admiring birds, tracks, and trees. He is passionate about history because the present is the past in action.