A. Véronique Charles

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Ph.D. Candidate
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow

A. Véronique Charles is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature and Literary Studies with a certificate in Africana Studies. Her dissertation engages in a comparative study of literary figurations and institutional records of Atlantic slavery in Africa. The project seeks to demonstrate how the “circum-oceanic” (J. Matory 2005) slave economy manifested in Africa beyond the extractive industry. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Charles is a recipient of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and named a Dean's Scholar from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to pursuing a doctorate, Charles earned a MPhil from Université Paris VIII Vincennes/Saint Denis in Comparative Literature with Highest Honors and a B.A. from Smith College in Afro-American Studies and Philosophy. Charles’s research has benefited from numerous grants, fellowships, honorable mentions, and distinctions from the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, the School of Arts and Sciences at University of Pennsylvania, the Laura Bassi Foundation, New York Public Library, Institute for Citizens and Scholars, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies.