College of Graduate Studies

Prof WJ Isaacs-Martin

College of Graduate Studies
School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes (STRI)
Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI)
Tel: 012 377 6138


  • PhD (Religion) UCT
  • MA (Political Studies) UWC
  • MSocSc (Religion) UCT

Fields of academic interests

  • Identities (global)
  • Stereotypes and Prejudice

Field of Specialisation

  • Identities – ethnic and national
  • Conflict and Violence
  • Scapegoating Mechanism


  • The Séléka and anti-Balaka rebel movements in the Central African Republic. (2017) Edited by Caroline Varin and Daunda Abubakar: 133-161.  Violent Non-State Actors in Africa: Terrorists, Rebels and Warlords in Africa.  Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland.
  • Identity Construction and Violence in Conflict Ridden Environments in Africa.  Edited by Jimi Adesina and Olayinka Akanle.  The Development of Africa: Issues, Diagnoses and Prognoses.  (forthcoming 2017)
  • The Pan-African Identity: Why conflict and community identities continue to undermine collectivism. Edited by Vuyisile Msila. SunPress (forthcoming 2017)

Journal articles

  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘The lonely goddess’ Journal for the Study of Religion 17, Issue 1, (2004), pp. 95 – 116
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘(Re)creating gender identities in community media’ Agenda 22, Issue 77, (2008), pp. 140 – 146
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘Facilitating housing delivery by inculcating patriotism in citizenry’ Journal of Public Administration, 44, Issue 1.1, (2009), pp.145-155
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘Strengthening national identity through national symbols and historical narrative: Do national leaders have a role to play?’ Africa Insight, 40, Issue 3, (2010), pp. 80 -91
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘National identity and distinctiveness: Developing a common identity in a nation state’’ Africa Insight, 41, Issue 1, (2011), pp. 59-70
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘National identity and economic nationalism: Can an economy perspective reinforce nationalism and nation-building?’ Africa Insight, 41, Issue 1, (2011), pp. 59-70.
  • Petrus, Theodore and Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘Reflections on violence and scapegoating in strike and protest culture in South Africa’ Africa Insight, 41, Issue 2, (2011), pp. 49 – 61 (co-authored Ted Petrus)
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘Cultural idiosyncrasies and religion: Why it is difficult to implement the Third Millennium Goal’ Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equality, 26, Issue 1, (2012), pp. 81-90
  • Petrus, Theodore and Isaacs-Martin, Wendy.‘The multiple meanings of Coloured identity in South Africa,’ Africa Insight. 42, Issue 1, (2012), pp. 87-102 (co-authored Ted Petrus)
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘National identity and distinctiveness: Developing a common identity in a nation state’ Africa Insight. 42, Issue 2, (2012), pp. 169-183.
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘Muslim women and human rights: Does political transformation equal social transformation?’ Politikon 40, Issue 1, (2013), pp. 113-132.
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘National and Ethnic Identities: Dual and Extreme Identities amongst the Coloured Population of Port Elizabeth, South Africa’. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Volume 14, Issue 1, (2014), 55-73.
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘The Internalisation of Identity and Ownership: Issues of Race, Ethnicity, Socio-economic Position and Spatial Acknowledgment in South Africa.’
  • International Journal of African Renaissance Studies. Volume 10, Issue 1, (2015), 121-141.
  • Isaacs-Martin, Wendy. ‘Political and Ethnic Identity in Conflict: The Case of Central African Republic.’ International Journal of Conflict and Violence. Volume 10, Issue 1, (2016), 25-39.
  • Non accredited Articles
  • ‘The racial and ethnic wraiths of identity: Ideological and political narrative inclusion in understanding the persistence of inflexible identities and stereotypes in South African.’ The Thinker. (2014), Volume 60, Quarter 2.
  • ‘The motivations of warlords and the role of militias in the Central African Republic’.  Conflict Trends (2015), Number 14, 26-33. 




  • National Identity in South Africa
  • Sons of the Soil
  • Conflict and scapegoating