Articles & Essays

I was an inveterate reader before I became a writer. I was the kid who read constantly, coming off of the school bus, under the covers after my bedtime. If you consume books and stories that intensely, eventually you will want to write yourself.

And so, for the past two decades, I’ve written long-form articles (and shorter pieces), about everything from Latino immigrants living in New York to women politicians getting elected in New England.

I am a big believer in the power of storytelling. To a capture the essence of a person is challenging. Constructing narratives is hard, too. To do it well, you need to listen and observe. And then write, and re-write, again and again.

It’s humbling. But I really can’t imagine doing anything else.

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American Hustle / Harper's Magazine, 2015

https://harpers.org/author/alexandrastarr/

Young Carlos / New York Magazine, 2014

http://nymag.com/news/features/undocumented-immigrant-children-2014-9/

Three Books on Immigration / New York Times Book Review, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/books/review/peter-eichstaedts-the-dangerous-divide-and-more.html?ref=review

Luis Reyes: Entrepreneur as Revolutionary / Inc. Magazine, 2012
http://www.inc.com/magazine/201211/alexandra-starr/luis-reyes-entrepreneur-as-revolutionary.html

A Catch for Undocumented Immigrants in Recent Reforms / The Atlantic, 2013
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/a-catch-for-undocumented-immigrants-in-recent-reforms/275854/

The Problem with Basing Immigration on Economic Merit / Foreign Policy, 2013
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/05/point_of_order_immigration_reform

What Anti-Torture Advocates Can Learn from Argentina / Foreign Policy, 2013
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/02/26/cleaning_up_a_dirty_war

Incubating Ideas in the U.S., Hatching Them Elsewhere / Wall Street Journal, 2012
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10000872396390443759504577631651529404854

Various Articles / Slate
http://www.slate.com/authors.alexandra_starr.html

Case Study / The New York Times Magazine, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/magazine/21obama-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Eloise at the Plaza / The New Republic, 2002
http://www.alexandrastarr.com/articles/TNR_12-5-02.pdf

How Oil Has Shaped Venezuelan Culture: The American Scholar, 2007
http://www.alexandrastarr.com/articles/america_scholar_spring_2007.pdf