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Carlo Handy Charles

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology and Geography, McMaster University

Carlo Handy Charles is a dual Ph.D. Candidate in sociology at McMaster University and geography at the CNRS-LC2S/Université des Antilles. His Ph.D. research looks at the intersection of diaspora/transnationalism and homosexuality among Haitians in Haiti, Canada, the United States, and France.

As a migration scholar, his research has appeared in Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, BMJ Global Health, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Practice, Research, and Policy, and the Journal of Loss and Trauma. As an active contributor to knowledge dissemination to audiences beyond academia, his research has appeared in The Conversation, National Post, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, La Presse, l'Humanité, Revue Frictions, Medium, Caracas Chronicles, Daily News, and LERRN.

He has received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, and a 2020 Research Fellowship at the French Collaborative Institute on Migrations for his research. He is also an Advisor on the Francophone Affairs Advisory Committee at the City of Toronto.


  • 2019–present
    Ph.D. Candiate in Geography, LC2S-CNRS/Université des Antilles
  • 2018–present
    Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, McMaster University