Alice Driver is a writer. Her long-form reporting, radio, and essays have appeared in 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. She is the translator of the book Abecedario de Juárez (University of Texas Press, 2021)a collaboration between photojournalist Julián Cardona and artist Alice Leora Briggs.  

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, will be shown at Dallas Contemporary Museum in 2021. She recently finished 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 Overseas Press Club, Foreign Policy Interrupted, and Images and Voices of Hope.

Photo: Luis Garvan

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