Publishing and Awards Director and Senior Editor, CDS Books

Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the awards program, which includes the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize.

In 1995 she was hired by CDS to work on the editorial staff for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book—among them, Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial by Jessica Ingram and Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922, edited by Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris; Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II: Photographs by Bill Manbo, edited by Eric L. Mueller; Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene: Photographs by Gerard H. Gaskin; Iraq | Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowy; and Literacy and Justice Through Photography: A Classroom Guide.

Dilworth has a B.A. and an M.A., both in English, from the University of Florida, and an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

She is most interested in reviewing documentary and conceptual and fine art portfolios.