Alexa Dilworth

Publishing & Awards Director / CDS Books Senior Editor

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University


Alexa Dilworth is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also runs the Awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize for Writing and Photography, and the Lange-Taylor Prize.

In 1995 Dilworth was hired by CDS to work for DoubleTake magazine, where she held the position of proofreader, managing editor, and then executive editor. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book since 1996. She is a sought-after juror and portfolio reviewer at top events nationally, including a stint as a FENCE juror.