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Marina Karides




I am a Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. A sociologist by training and a rhythmanalyst by heart, I love old jazz and funk. As a child of Greek immigrants to Manhattan (the island of many hills) and the grandchild of generations of Greeks who lived by land and sea, my research is dedicated to social and environmental justice. Islands are the spaces I pursue it.  

recent publications

recent publications

Marina Karides. Sappho's Legacy: Convivial Economics on a Greek Isle. State University of New York (SUNY) Press: Albany, New York, 2021.

Marina Karides. “An Island Feminist Approach to Scholar Activism.” Pp. 21-45 in Gendered and Island Communities edited by Firouz Gaini and Helene Pristed Nielsen. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2020.

Marina Karides, Nathalie Rita, Ruth Aloua, and Jennifer Stotter. “An Island and Intersectional Analysis of STEM faculty careers in Hawai’I” Pp. 119-138 in Gendered

and Island Communities edited by Firouz Gaini and Helene Pristed Nielsen. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2020.

Marina Karides and Patricia Widener. “Race, Class, Privilege and Bias in South Florida Food Movements.” Pp. 199-203 in Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America’s Poor, edited by L. Hossfeld, B. Kelly, and J. Waity. Vanderbilt University Press, 2018.

Marina Karides. “An Island Feminism Perspective: Convivial Economics and the Women’s Cooperatives of Lesvos.” Pp. 78-96 in Island Geographies: Essays and Conversations, edited by E. Stratford, Advances in Human Geography Series, Routledge, 2017.

Marina Karides. “Why Island Feminism?” Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 11:1:30-39, 2017.

Island Feminisms (if) Project

island feminisms(if) project

The Island Feminisms (IF) Project is a coordinated effort between Marina Karides and Noralis Rodríguez-Coss. We are cultivating a transnational, multi-lingual space for critical race, feminist, and queer activism and scholarship on and for islands.


“Island feminisms refers to the intellectual sensibilities of island place and constructs of gender and sexuality as intertwining forces that contour the particular conditions of life – economic, geographical, and ecological – and cultural and political manifestations on islands. Like most feminisms, it is action oriented, in pursuit of just and fair conditions for all beings, but is guided by specific interest in islanders’ local and subaltern strategies that remain resistant to hegemonic discourses and practices of power" (Karides, 2017)




Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE funded project to assess workplace conditions in higher education in Hawai'i and support STEM women faculty by facilitating cross-island systems of mentorship and coaching. I currently serve as Principal Investigator (PI) of this grant. For more information please visit our website.



Tel: 808-990-2202

2424 Maile Way, 455 Saunders Hall, Honolulu, HI 96822

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