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Monique Charles completed her PhD at Warwick University focusing on ‘race’, spirituality, class, gender & music as it relates to #Grime. #HBTG? Her thesis is entitled:

‘Hallowed be thy Grime? : A musicological and sociological genealogy of Grime music and its relation to black Atlantic religious discourse.’ (#HBTG?)

Monique’s innovative research enabled her to present at the first International Black Doctoral Network conference in the USA (plenary speaker Cornel West) and Britain’s first Blackness in Britain conference (plenary speaker Carolyn Cooper).

Her book chapter entitled 'Grime Central! : Subterranean ground-in grit engulfing manicured mainstream Spaces' in edited volume 'Blackness in Britain' (Andrews and Palmer 2016, Routledge), is one of the first scholarly works focusing specifically on Grime music and culture. She is currently working on other publications in the areas of Grime, Political Activism, Race and Musical analysis for the social sciences. Her broad research interests span areas within Sociology, Musicology (Sound Studies and Audio culture), Cultural Studies, Media Studies Political Science, particularly where they intersect ‘Race’ & Ethnicity – African Diaspora, Class, Gender, Popular Culture and Social Media. Monique is a member of The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and the British Sociological Society.


  • 2010–2016
    Doctoral Researcher, Warwick University


  • 2016 
    University of Warwick, PhD Sociology