Dr Konstantina Isidoros

Konstantina Isidoros


Research Affiliate

Keywords: Sahara Desert and MENA region; nomadic pastoralism; economic and political anthropology; Islam; gender/feminist anthropology; anthropology of development, refugee theory and international law; evolutionary anthropology and Holocene climate variability; Sahara archaeology, human-landscape interaction.

Research and Teaching Interests

I am a social anthropologist of the Sahara Desert in North Africa and hold a DPhil and MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. I am a Non-Stipendiary Lecturer at St Catherine’s College and Research Fellow at the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group (FRSG), and Tutor in Anthropology and Gender Studies for the Archaeology & Anthropology and Human Sciences degrees. My principle research interest is in the specialised human endeavour of occupation, migration, survival and adaptation in arid zones.

Awards and Funding

2019 Journal of Middle East Anthropology Award for ‘Replenishing milk sons’ (2018)
2017 Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Award for the Arab Masculinities Symposium
2011 Royal Anthropological Institute Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship Fund~
2010 Royal Geographical Society Frederick Soddy Trust Postgraduate Award
All Souls College E.O. James Bequest 


Isidoros, K and Inhorn, M.C. 2019. (eds) Arab Masculinities: Anthropological Reconceptions in Precarious Times (forthcoming manuscript)

  • Inhorn, M.C. and Isidoros, K. ‘Introduction’
  • Isidoros, K. (chapter) ‘Welcoming Ban Ki-moon: Masculinities on the threshold in North Africa’

Inhorn, M.C. and Isidoros, K. 2018. (eds) ‘Arab masculinities, anthropological re-conceptions’, Men and Masculinities (Special Issue) 21 (3): 319-449.

  • Inhorn, M.C. and Isidoros, K. ‘Introduction’

Isidoros, K. 2018. Nomads and Nation Building in the Western Sahara: Gender, Politics and the Sahrawi. London: I.B. Tauris.

Isidoros, K. 2018. ‘Replenishing milk sons: Changing kinship practices among the Sahrawi, North Africa.’ Journal of the Anthropology of Middle East, 12 (2): 8-27.

Isidoros, K. 2017. ‘Arab masculinities: Anthropological reconceptions: Report on the Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop at the University of Oxford, March 2017.’ Journal of the Anthropology of Middle East, 12 (1): 142-144.

Isidoros, K. 2017. ‘Unveiling the colonial gaze: Sahrawi women in nascent nation-state formation in the Western Sahara.’ Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 19 (4): 487-506.

Isidoros, K. 2017. ‘The view from Tindouf: Western Saharan women and the calculation of autochthony.’ In R. Ojeda-García, V. Veguilla and I. Fernández-Molina (eds) Global, regional and local dimensions of Western Sahara’s protracted decolonization: When a conflict gets old. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Isidoros, K. 2015. ‘The silencing of unifying tribes: The colonial construction of tribe and its ‘extraordinary leap’ to nascent nation-state formation in Western Sahara.’ Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford. New Series (VII: 2).

Isidoros, K. 2015. ‘Between Purity and Danger: Fieldwork approaches to movement, protection and legitimacy for a female ethnographer in the Sahara Desert’. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford. New Series (VII: 1): Special Issue on Sexual Danger in the Field.

Lakhal, M. and Isidoros, K. (eds.) 2013. Second Special Issue: Western Sahara – Africa's Last Colony Revisited. Pambazuka-Fahamu Online Issue 618.

Isidoros, K. 2012. ‘Awakening Protests in Morocco and Western Sahara.’ In: Ekine, S. and Manji, F. (eds.) African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions. Cape Town, Dakar, Nairobi and Oxford: Pambazuka Press.

Isidoros, K. 2010. ‘Western Sahara and the United States’ Geographical Imaginings.’ In Mundy, J. (ed). US Militarization of the Sahara-Sahel: Security, Space & Imperialism. Journal of Concerned African Scholars. ACAS Bulletin 85.