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Professor Charlotte Baker

Professor of French and Critical Disability Studies

Charlotte Baker

Confucious Institute



Tel: +44 1524 592661

Research overview

Charlotte Baker is interested in contemporary French literature, and postcolonial African literature written in French and English. 

Charlotte's research interests focus on the representation of marginalised and stigmatised groups in sub-Saharan Africa, theories and representations of disability, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the body and identity. She is particularly interested in the realities and representations of albinism in African contexts and has published widely in this area.

PhD supervision

Charlotte Baker is happy to discuss PhD proposals relating to: - Francophone and Anglophone African literatures - Critical disability studies - Disability in African contexts - Intersections between the arts and human rights, disability and the body. Charlotte particularly welcomes projects taking a comparative or interdisciplinary approach.

Current Teaching

DELC320: Final Year Dissertation

DELC345: Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada

DELC401: Research Skills for Modern Linguists (Postgraduate) 


Charlotte Baker is Professor of French and Critical Disability Studies and Deputy Head of 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 disability and stigma in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular interest in the genetic condition albinism. She has published widely on the socio-cultural realities of living with albinism, cultural representations of albinism, and the human rights abuses against people with albinism.

She set up the Albinism in Africa project with a Lancaster University Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and Wellcome Trust funding in 2014 and she successfully collaborated with the Independent Expert on Albinism and the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network to table a Resolution recognizing these abuses as harmful practices at the UN Human Rights Council in 2021.

Charlotte is currently leading the AHRC-funded Disability and Inclusion in Africa project, which foregrounds the importance of alternative explanations for disabilities in African contexts. The CI on the project is Dr Elvis Imafidon (SOAS, University of London) and they are partnering with colleagues at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Charlotte is also interested in Francophone and Anglophone African literature and has published widely in this area including, most recently, on the African dictator-novel.

She is Vice-President of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies, a member of the Editorial Board for the Liverpool University Press Francophone Postcolonial Studies series and sits on the Editorial Board of the French Studies Bulletin.

Research Grants

January 2020: UKRI Quality Research - Strategic Priorities Fund (QR-SPF): Promoting Effective Policy Making to Prevent Harmful Practices related to Beliefs in Witchcraft


December 2019: AHRC Global Challenges Networking Grant: Disability and Inclusion in Africa


 July 2019: FASS Impact Funding to further disseminate education pack on albinism in Tanzania


June 2019: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Funding for fieldwork on albinism in Malawi


April 2019: Lancaster University Impact Funding for data collection towards a UN Resolution


Feb 2018: Lancaster University Impact Funding for a Photographic exhibition at the UN headquarters in Geneva


September 2017: Lancaster University Impact Funding to translate education pack on albinism into Swahili


Feb 2017: Global Challenges Kick Starter Funding for a project on Arts for Social Change in Africa

Feb 2017: Lancaster University Impact Funding to develop an education pack on albinism for Tanzania

Feb 2017: FASS Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grant to bring delegates to the UN Expert Meeting in September 2017


Aug 2016: Lancaster University Impact Funding to plan a UN Expert Meeting at the UN in Geneva 

Jan 2016: FASS Student Engagement Funding for “Translation Lancaster”, a postgraduate conference, masterclass, careers and networking event

Sept 2015: FASS Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grant to collaborate with Standing Voice on a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Grant Application

November 2015: Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities International Small Grant, 'Changing Perceptions of Albinism in Africa'


May 2014: Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, Lancaster University, '21st Century Perspectives on Albinism in Africa'


Oct 2013: Yves Hervouet Fund for Anglo-French Relations (with Delphine Grass). 'Multilingual French Identities conference'


May 2013: Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities Small Grant - 'Exploring Interdisciplinary Approaches to Albinism'


May 2011: Society for French Studies (with Greg Kerr). Minorités en vue colloquium


January 2009: Lancaster University Small Grants Scheme, 'Albinism in Apartheid South Africa pilot study'.



Membership of Associations


Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (President 2015-2018; Vice President 2018-) www.sfps.ac.uk


Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (Co-Director 2015-2018) http://www.transculturalwriting.com


African Literature Association


African Studies Association UK


Royal African Society


Society for French Studies


Career Details

Charlotte Baker is Professor of French and Critical Disability Studies and Deputy Head of the Department of Languages and Cultures. She was Principal of Lonsdale College from 2015-17 and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from 2017-2019. 

Charlotte joined the Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University in 2007 having completed her doctoral studies at Nottingham University. After graduating with her BA degree, Charlotte worked for two years as a Bilingual PA to the Head of Corporate Finance at the First National Bank of Chicago in London. During her doctoral studies, she worked as a lectrice at Universite Lyon III and taught French language and culture at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham.

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