Izabella Main is a socio-cultural anthropologist and historian. She received her doctoral degree from Central European University in Budapest in 2002. She also undertook post-graduate studies in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2004 she works as an assistant professor (adjunct) in the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. In 2009 Main became a member of the Centre for Migration Studies in Adam Mickiewicz University.
Her interests include anthropology and social history of communist Poland; medical anthropology and recent Polish migration in Europe. During last few years she has been conducting research among Polish female migrants in London, Barcelona and Berlin. Her publications include articles about foreigners in Poznań, refugees in Poland, Polish migrants and medical anthropology. Main also co-edited volumes: W zdrowiu i chorobie… [In Health and Illness] (2012, with Penkala-Gawęcka, Witeska-Młynarczyk), and Uchodźcy: teoria i praktyka [Refugees: Theory and Practice](2008, with Izabela Czerniejewska).