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Charlotte Hammond

Dr Charlotte Hammond

Lecturer in French Studies

School of Modern Languages

+44 29225 10103
66a Park Place, Room 0.08, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Available for postgraduate supervision


My current research project explores the textile and garment industries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I study how women garment and textile workers in the region navigate and resist global economic structures and exploitative labour conditions through arts-based practices and community organisation.

More broadly, my research interests centre on Francophone colonial and postcolonial studies. I am particularly interested in the history and legacies of French colonialism and slavery in the Caribbean and how the ongoing effects of these processes are explored and reimagined through the aesthetics of a wide range of contemporary visual and material media, including film, art, performance and dress.

My first book is entitled Entangled Otherness: Cross-gender Fabrications in the Francophone Caribbean and was published with Liverpool University Press in 2018. It was shortlisted for the R. Gapper Book Prize for the best book in French Studies published in 2018.

I also have publications in the Journal of Haitian Studies, Women and Performance, Fashion Theory and Contemporary French Civilization. 











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My current research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, examines the textile and garment industries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is an ethnographic study of how women garment workers, secondhand clothing traders and dressmakers resist and reconfigure global markets through their local organisation and entrepreneurial strategies. 

My interdisciplinary doctoral research, fully funded by the AHRC, examined expressions of cross-dressing and gender performativity in contemporary Francophone Caribbean visual and performative cultures, focusing on the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti and their diasporic communities in metropolitan France. The blog has more information on this research project. My monograph based on this project, entitled Entangled Otherness: Cross-gender Fabrications in the Francophone Caribbean, was published with Liverpool University Press in 2018.


Undergraduate modules

Slavery, Abolitionism and the Black Atlantic: A Transnational Perspective (co-convenor)

Cultures in Context (French)

High-level Proficiency in French Language (Translation)

Postgraduate modules

MA Global Cultures dissertation module convenor

MA Theorizing Global Cultures - Postcolonial Theory

MA Research Methods and Practice

MA Translation tutor/supervision


I joined Cardiff School of Modern Languages in 2014 after completing my PhD in the departments of Drama and French at Royal Holloway, University of London. During my PhD I spent a year conducting research and teaching at l’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane in Martinique. Whilst in the Caribbean I was a participating artist at the 2011 Ghetto Biennale, held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I have an MA in Theatre Design and in 2013 worked as a visiting lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama teaching Postcolonial Theatre. Prior to my doctoral studies, I have worked in the areas of costume design and video editing.

Committees and reviewing

Secretary of the Haiti Support Group 

Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan, Edinburgh University Press.


I welcome applications from PhD students interested in the areas of:

  • Francophone Caribbean literature, film and art.
  • Slavery and its legacies
  • Textiles and dress
  • Modern forms of slavery in garment supply chains

I am currently co-supervising Madeleine Phillip's MPhil/PhD project on 'The Role of Kréol in Forming Collective Identities in Réunion.'

Caribbean threads

Caribbean threads

05 October 2016