This site was originally set up for a group of students to publish their work in an open setting, to create a record of our academic achievement, and solicit feedback. However, over the course of time, it became a blog of football commentary, with extensive coverage of the World Cup in South Africa during 2010. It still contains a travel blog that documented a return to South Africa and the neighboring countries. Since then, The African File has drawn significant viewership based on its standing in the online search world for work on Apartheid South Africa and Sanctions. With the focus of the authors more focused on recently on public diplomacy, communication, international relations, politics, and technology, The African File has begun to publish significant amounts of scholarship focused on these areas, but with an African focus. This work has been cited extensively, which has validated the original raison d’être for this blog: to share information and scholarship. Feel free to use the tabs underneath the header to browse and let us know what you think!

Thanks for checking us out!

  • Alisa Albee (aaalbee) completed her Intensive Psychology undergraduate degree from the University of California – Santa Cruz in the spring of 2009. Her focus is Social and Developmental Psych. She interned for Search for Common Ground after graduation. She volunteered with Village Volunteers in Kenya in the fall of 2010 and is recently graduated the University of California – Los Angeles with a Masters in Social Welfare.
  • Alexander Laverty (afrikantraveler) completed his International Studies – Political Science/African Studies Degree at the University of California – San Diego in 2008. He interned for Trans Africa Forum and Human Rights Watch after graduation. He recently completed a Masters in African Studies at UCLA, while at the same time obtaining a Masters in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. LinkedIn – Curriculum Vitae

The African File’s Header is a picture from taken at Sossusvlei, Namibia in November 2007.

Contact info: africanfile (at) gmail.com


If any of these papers written by the author can be of help to fellow students, please make sure to cite the sources used by the author in completing these papers. Most papers have correct MLA citations at the end of each paper to help in this process.


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