Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942) is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985.
From 1970 to 1973, Dorfman served as a cultural advisor to president Salvador Allende of Chile. Dorfman was supposed to do the night shift at the La Moneda presidential palace the night before the Pinochet coup, but he had unknowingly swapped his shift with his friend Claudio Jimeno. Forced to leave Chile in 1973, after the coup by General Agosto Pinochet leading to the suicide of President Salvador Allende, he subsequently lived in Paris,Amsterdam, and Washington, D.C.