Maya Schkolne

Office of the Dean: Head of Year Two

Maya works with the Writing and Rhetoric and African Studies Departments to actively contribute to the development of the internal curriculum, teach and mentor ALA students.

Maya teaches students how to meaningfully engage with texts and each other, as well as communicate verbal and written responses to a range of audiences. Classroom content is tied to the teaching of research methods and Modern Language Association (MLA) citation. Maya also focuses on theories particular to the curriculum, such as ‘othering’ for the First Year Omang class on identity, or ‘intersectionality’ for the African Studies Social Justice class.

Prior to her role at ALA, Maya was an intern at the Afro-Middle East Centre in Johannesburg in 2013, during which time she copy-edited books and documents and offered qualitative research on socio-political issues in the North Africa and Middle East region. From 2014 – 2015, she also interned at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Cape Town, during which time she provided peer-review commentary for the International Journal of Transitional Justice.

At ALA, Maya leads the Research component for the International Relations Council and its accompanying ALA Model African Union (MAU) Program. Each year, she coaches and chaperones 10 students to attend the Model United Nations Program at Harvard, and mentors these students and others to become Chairpeople – leading students from across the continent, for MAU. Maya is also the faculty facilitator for News Decoder, an international journalistic platform for students from around the world.


Curriculum Creation
Classroom Management


Master of Science in Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Honours in Justice and Transformation, Transitional Justice stream, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa
Bachelor of Arts, Majors in Politics, Environmental Science, Media Studies, Spanish (UCT)

Speaking Engagements

As Research Associate of Afro-Middle East Centre, on African Dialogue, 6 August 2015 ‘Western Sahara’, Channel Africa.


Schkolne, M. (2016). Fear and Hope in the Age of Rising Neo-Nazism. Raseef22.

Schkolne, M. (2016). How the Human Rights Framework Serves Europe’s Border Regime. Al-Jumhuriya.

Maya, Schkolne and Hugo Van Der Merwe, ‘The Role of Local Civil Society in Transitional Justice’ In: Research Handbook on Transitional Justice, 1st ed. E. Elgar. May 2017

Schkolne, M. (2015). Practitioner Perspectives on Transitional Justice: Tunisia. Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

Schkolne, M. (2013). Confronting racism and fear of ‘the other’ in Israel. +972 Magazine.

Schkolne, M., Colvin, C. and Swartz, A. (2011) “”You Can Come See the Data Anytime You Want””: Struggles and Strategies in the Quantification of Local Service Delivery in South Africa. In: 110th Annual Conference of the American Anthropological Association.”


Writing & Rhetoric (Y1 & 2)
MAU Research
Social Justice

Maya Schkolne