Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, Lancaster University

Dr Charlotte Baker is Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures. She holds a BA in French and English Literature from Lancaster University, and an MA and PhD in Francophone Literatures from Nottingham University.

Charlotte's research focuses on Francophone and Anglophone African literature, questions of disability, marginality and human rights, and the role of the arts in bringing about social change.

Charlotte is particularly interested in the genetic condition albinism, and has published widely in this field. She was awarded a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and Wellcome Trust funding for the Albinism in Africa project, which she set up in 2014.

She is also writing a monograph examining the critical engagement of post-independence Francophone West African writers with dictatorship and editing a special issue of Research in African Literatures on this subject, forthcoming in Summer 2018.

Charlotte is Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University, President of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and General Editor of the Liverpool University Press Francophone Postcolonial Studies series.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University
  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 2007–2014
    Lecturer , Lancaster University

Education

  • 2007 
    PhD, Nottingham University
  • 2003 
    MA , Nottingham University
  • 2000 
    PGDip, Brunel University
  • 1999 
    BA Hons, Lancaster University

Publications

  • 2018
    The Struggle Against Impunity in the Bukinabe Dictator-Novel, Research in African Literatures
  • 2017
    The Role of African Fiction in Educating about Albinism and Human Rights, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies
  • 2016
    Premier colloque international sur l'albinisme oculocutane en Afrique subsaharienne, Douala, Cameroun, 24-25 juillet 2015, Medicine et Sante Tropicale 26.2
  • 2015
    Multilingual literature and official bilingualism in Cameroon: Francis Nyamnjoh’s A Nose for Money (2006) and Patrice Nganang’s Temps de chien (2001), International Journal of Francophone Studies 18.1
  • 2014
    Necropolitical violence and post-independence Guinean Literature, International Journal of Francophone Studies 17.3-4
  • 2011
    Enduring Negativity: Representations of Albinism in the Fictional Work of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine, Peter Lang
  • 2010
    The Myths surrounding People with Albinism in South Africa and Zimbabwe, Journal of African Cultural Studies 22.2
  • 2009
    Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image. , Peter Lang

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Global Challenges Kick Starter Funding
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Lancaster University
  • 2017
    Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grant
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Lancaster University
  • 2016
    Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grant
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Lancaster University
  • 2015
    Changing Perceptions of Albinism in Africa
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust International Small Grants Scheme (Medical Humanities)
  • 2014
    Interdisciplinary Approaches to Albinism
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust Small Grants Scheme (Medical Humanities)
  • 2014
    Knowledge Exchange Fellowship
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Lancaster University

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

Honours

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy