Alice Driver is a writer based in Mexico City. She is represented by Kirsty McLachlan at Morgan Green Creatives in London. In 2021, she is part of a team working on the photo book Red Flag, the fruit of the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.  The book looks at the impact of coronavirus in Latin America and has an introduction by Jon Lee Anderson and texts by Marcela Turati and Driver. She is contributing to an anthology on labor rights with poets Nikky Finney and Alicia Ostriker to raise money for the Poor People's Campaign. Driver is also working on a multi-country project with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She is the translator of the book Abecedario de Juárez: An Illustrated Lexicon (University of Texas Press, 2022)a collaboration between photojournalist Julián Cardona and artist Alice Leora Briggs. 

Driver's long-form reporting, radio, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, National GeographicOxford American, The New York Review of Books, TimeCalifornia Sunday MagazineColumbia Journalism ReviewCNNReveal from the Center for Investigative ReportingCBC RadioPBS, and Longreads, among others. Driver works on long-term projects in the US and Latin America reporting in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

Driver was born in Oark, Arkansas, a town of 200, in a house built by her potter father and her weaver mother. She attended Berea College in rural Kentucky, founded in 1855 to educate freed slaves and students with limited economic resources. Berea College charges no tuition, and thanks to their mission, she was able to take the years of financial risk needed to become a writer. She published the book More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2015), which she completed during her postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Writing is how she seeks justice and equality in a world that is far from that.

In 2017, Driver was invited by the Nobel Women's Initiative to join Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Rigoberta Menchú on a trip to Guatemala and Honduras to highlight the work of human rights activists in indigenous communities. In 2019, she worked with Chinese neorealist painter Liu Xiaodong and his documentary team along the US-Mexico border. The results of that work, including the catalog for the exhibit that Driver wrote, are on exhibit at Dallas Contemporary Museum in 2021. She also worked on a global migration project with National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer.  

Driver has a Ph.D. (2011) and MA (2008) in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, and she studied Spanish and Portuguese at Middlebury College Language Schools. She is the recipient of grants, fellowships, and funding from National Geographic, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Foreign Policy Interrupted, and Images and Voices of Hope. Driver is certified in Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT).

Photo: Luis Garvan

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