Carlo Handy Charles

Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Student in Sociology, McMaster University

I am pursuing a joint doctoral degree in sociology at McMaster University in Canada and geography at the Université des Antilles, in Martinique, France.

My doctoral research investigates how the relationship between ethno-racialization and nationalism in Canada, the United States, and France affects the way Haitian asylum seekers are perceived and access permanent statuses in those three countries. Specifically, I seek to examine the social and geopolitical factors that have led to the relatively low acceptance rate for Haitians who have claimed refugee status in Canada, the U.S., and France from 2017 onward through a discourse analysis of state policy, public opinion, and Haitians' subjective experiences.

I have five years of experiences assisting with the elaboration and development of numerous projects on the reception and integration of immigrants and refugees in countries, including Canada, France, Haiti, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant and holds a Graduate, an Entrance and Recruitment Scholarships for my doctoral research project at McMaster University.

While pursuing my doctoral studies, I will also be a Visiting Doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto (2019). I hold an M.A. in Sociology and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from York University (2018), as well as a Maîtrise in Sociology (2017), B.A. in Psychology, and B.A. in Sociology (2016) from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France.

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  • –present
    Ph.D. Student in Sociology and Geography, McMaster University


  • 2018 
    York University, Master of Arts in Sociology and Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies