Carlo Charles

Dr. Robert ArnoldCarlo Charles, PhD, MA, BA
Assistant Professor 

Office: CHS 151-3
Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2192



Dr. Carlo Handy Charles (he/him) is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Windsor. He is a former Vanier Scholar and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar and a Fellow at the Institut Convergences Migrations at the CNRS and Collège de France in Paris. His current research examines how socio-economic inequalities, sexuality, and space shape transnational same-sex intimate relationships among Haitian men in Haiti, the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology at McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Geography at the LC2S-CNRS, Université des Antilles (France) in 2023. Prior to joining the University of Windsor, he taught Sociology at McMaster University and French at L'Alliance Française de Toronto and L'Alliance Française de Caracas (Venezuela). 

Dr. Charle's 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. His public scholarship has appeared in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, La Presse, The Conversation, Le Devoir, CBC, CBC-News, Radio-Canada, BFMTV, Caracas Chronicles, Policy Options, First Policy Response, Medium, ONFR+, Daily News, LERRN, among others.  

Dr. Charles is an engaged academic who serves on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee at the American Sociological Association International Migration Section (2022-2025). He is the Chair of the Canadian Sociological Association's (CSA) Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster (2023-2024). He also chaired conference sessions for the CSA Sociology of Migration Research Cluster. In 2019-2020, he worked with prominent Canadian sociologists, such as Dr. Carl E. James and Dr. Alana Butler, to address anti-black racism in Canadian sociology. He is currently a member of the CSA Black Caucus. He is also engaged in community-based research projects, including an ethnographic project led by the Franco-Queer Association and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on the health of Black LGBTQ+ Francophone Immigrants in Toronto and Ottawa. 

As an advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), he advises Canadian MPs on global issues and served as an appointed member of the Toronto Francophone Affairs Advisory Committee (2019-2022), where he advised the Toronto City Council on trends, projects, and initiatives within Toronto's Francophone communities that can contribute to the city's social, economic, and cultural vitality, b) Supporting the economic competitiveness and business growth of Francophone businesses and businesses supporting Francophone communities, and c) Opportunities for the City of Toronto to work with Toronto's Francophone communities to promote increased engagement in City initiatives. As a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation COVID-19 Impact Committee and Advisory Committee for the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, he engaged and educated the public on the implications of the pandemic on marginalized BIPOC communities and international students through the publication of op-ed pieces in leading news media in Canada and internationally.

Dr. Charles has merged his passion for academic research with his background in the performing arts. In 2020-21, he co-authored with Dr. Alice Carré the play 'Kap O Mond!', which opened in Paris at l'Échangeur Theatre on January 17, 2022, and has been produced in several cities in France since 2022. Kap O Mond! addresses contemporary Haitian migration issues in France and French humanitarianism in Haiti. In Kap O Mond!, Charles uses his sociology and geography background to show how global issues, such as colonialism, global capitalism, and the North-South divide, affect everyday decisions that ordinary citizens make in their personal and professional lives in both the Global North and South. In 2022, he co-developed with Dr. Mark Osmond a script for the film documentary 'Pigs to the Slaughter' in which he analyses how race, ethnicity, sexuality, socio-economic status, and online technology intersect to shape the latest crypto-currency romance scams, which have defrauded investors of hundreds of millions of dollars globally. 

Research and Teaching Areas:

  • Sociology of International Migration
  • Sociology of Sexualities
  • Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies
  • Refugee Studies  
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 
  • Social and Economic Inequality
  • Intersectionality
  • Digital Sociology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Ethnography

Recent Courses Taught:

Course Instructor:

  • Refugees, Borders, and Human Rights, University of Windsor, Winter 2024
  • Advanced Seminar in Race and Ethnicity, University of Windsor, Winter 2024
  • Inequality and Intersectionality in Online Dating, University of Windsor, Fall 2023
  • Advanced Analysis of Contemporary Sociological Theory, McMaster University, Winter 2023 
  • Selected Topics in Sociology: Migration, Sex, Race, and Inequality in Online Dating, McMaster University, Fall 2022 

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

  • Introduction to Sociology (Theory), McMaster University, Fall 2018, Winter, Spring, Fall 2019, and Winter 2022
  • Introduction to Sociological Research (Methods), McMaster University, Winter 2020

Guest Lecturer:

  • Migration Experiences: Theory and Practice, Dr. Luin Goldring, York University, Fall 2022
  • Race and COVID-19, Dr. William Bukowski, Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Fall 2020
  • Race and Ethnic Relations, Dr. Alejandro Hernandez, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Summer II 2020
  • Introduction to Sociological Research (Methods), Dr. Lisa Kaida, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, Winter 2020
  • Interculturalité et Développement, Dr. Audrey Rousseau, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Fall 2018

Full- and Part-Time French Teacher:

  • French as a Second Language, Alliance Française de Toronto, ON, Canada, January - August 2017
  • French as a Second Language, Alliance Française de Caracas, Venezuela, July 2011- August 2013


  • Ph.D. Sociology, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, 2023
  • Ph.D. Geography, Université des Antilles, Martinique, France, 2023
  • Visiting Doctoral Student in Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2019
  • M.A. Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2018
  • Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2018
  • Maîtrise Sociology, Université Lumière Lyon II, France, 2017
  • B.A. Sociology and B.A. Psychology, Université Lumière Lyon II, France, 2016
  • Certificate of Teaching and Assessing French Tests DELF and DALF, Centre International d'Études Pédagogiques, France, 2012

Selected Awards:

  • Congress Graduate Merit Award, The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada (2021), Ottawa, Canada
  • French Collaborative Institute on Migrations Fellowship (2020-23), Paris, France
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2020-23), Ottawa, Canada
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship (2019-22), Montreal, Canada
  • The Barkley's of Avonmore Bursary (2019), School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Graduate, Entrance and Recruitment Scholarships (2018-19), School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • The Michel Baptista Essay Prize (2018), Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University, Toronto, Canada 
  • York University Graduate Fellowship - Master's International (2017-2018), Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, Toronto, Canda                                                                     
  • Outstanding Global Engagement Award (2017), York International, Toronto, Canada                                                                                                                                                        
  • Best Student Paper Award (2017), York University Sociological Undergraduate Student Association Conference, Toronto, Canada                                                                 
  • Multidisciplinary Research Award (2017), Université Libre d'Haïti, Cap-Haitian, Haiti
  • Best Presenter and Best Paper Award for Global Perspectives in International Education (2016), York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Explo'Ra Sup Bursary (2016), Université Lumière Lyon II, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Lyon, France.

Recent and Key Publications:

Peer-reviewed Articles: 

  • Caqueo-Urízar, A., Urzúa, A., Aragón-Caqueo, D., Charles, CH, El-Khatib, Z., Otu, A., and Yaya, S. (2020). Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Practice, Research, and Policy.
  • Yaya, S, Yeboah, H, Charles, CH., Out, A, & Labonte, R. (2020). Ethnic and racial in COVID-19-related deaths: counting the trees, hiding the forest. BMJ Global Health, Volume 5, Issue 6 (7 June 2020).
  • Otu, A., Charles, CH. & Yaya, S. (2020). "Mental health and psychosocial well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: the elephant in the room". International Journal of Mental Health Systems
  • Cénat, J.M., Charles, CH. & Kebedom, P. (2019, December). "Multiple Traumas, Health Problems, and Resilience among Haitian Asylum Seekers in Canada's 2017 Migration Crisis: Psychopathology of Crossing. Journal of Loss and Trauma.
  • Kyriakides, C., Taha, D., Charles, CH. & Torres, R.  (June 2019). "Introduction: The Racialized Refugee Regime". Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 35(1), 3-7. Retrieved from

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