AfricaFocus Editor and Website Developer
The AfricaFocus website and AfricaFocus Bulletin are edited and produced by
William Minter. Minter has been a writer, researcher, and activist since the mid-1960s,
focusing particularly on southern Africa and international issues. He studied at the University
of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1961-62 and taught in Tanzania and Mozambique at the
secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in 1966-68
and 1974-76. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in African studies
from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Minter worked as a writer, editor, and researcher at Africa News Service
(now allafrica.com) in Durham, N.C. in 1973
and 1976-82. Based in Washington since 1982, he has combined personal
research and writing with contract work for a number of organizations,
including policy analysis, writing, and development of computer-mediated
communication tools. This has included work for Africa Action and its predecessor organization, the Africa Policy Information
Center (APIC), from 1992 through fall 2003, and for the affiliated Washington Office on Africa (WOA),
from 1992 to 1997.
Minter's most recent book is No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American
Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000, co-edited by Gail Hovey and Charles Cobb, Jr.
For more information and to order the book at a discount, visit
Minter has also written numerous articles and research reports
on Africa for a wide variety of U.S. and international publications.
A selection of other publications is available on this website at
Earlier articles have appeared, among other places, in the Foreign Policy Association's
Great Decisions 2002 and 2003,
The Nation, and Foreign Policy in Focus.
Other Websites edited by William Minter
No Easy Victories
Excerpts, interviews, bibliography, discount order forms, and more for
book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century,
Site for mystery novels with a sense of place.
In addition to No Easy Victories, Minter's other works include five books:
King Solomon's Mines Revisited was a runner-up for the Herskovits prize awarded by
the African Studies Association.