Member Profiles

Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster Committee

Jennifer AdkinsChair

Jessica Stallone – Coordinator and Session Co-Organizer

Carlo Handy Charles – Session Co-Organizer

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Jennifer Adkins, University of British Columbia

Jennifer Adkins is a PhD. Candidate in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She left her careers as an Ombudsperson for the National Energy Board and a Diversity and Anti-racism Consultant in the corporate, government, education, and not-for-profit sectors, to obtain her doctorate. With Race and Ethnicity as her field of expertise, she is in the process of examining Black/White interracial relationships to determine how interracial couples go about establishing racialized trust after existing in structures and systems that invalidate identities and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. She closely examines how they come to terms with the privileging and debasing of races, how their understanding of race and racism evolves, and how they assist in constructing a racial identity for their children.

Jennifer is the chair of the Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster and was the chair of the Student Concerns Subcommittee in the Canadian Sociological Association. She was thrilled to be a part of the ad hoc subcommittee for the first CSA Student Mentorship pilot. Outside of Academia, Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors for Compassion Canada. She is extremely grateful for all of the awards that have assisted in moving her research forward but most honoured to be the recipient of the Public Scholar Initiative.


Jessica Stallone, University of Toronto

Jessica Stallone is a second-year doctoral student in sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include gender, religion and culture, race and ethnicity and qualitative methods. More specifically, her research examines Muslim cultural politics in Canada, particularly examining public perceptions about Muslim cultural and religious practices. She investigates how the politics of race and gender are embedded in public debates such as the Quebec Charter of Values, Bill 21, Sharia law and wearing the niqab at the citizenship ceremony. Jessica is the session coordinator and co-organizer for the Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster at the Canadian Sociological Association. She has recently been awarded a Quebec grant (FRQSC) to support her research on anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada. She speaks English, French and Italian and lives with her partner in Montreal.


Carlo Handy Charles, McMaster University and Université des Antilles

Carlo Handy Charles is pursuing a joint doctoral degree in sociology at McMaster University and in geography at the Université des Antilles. His doctoral research examines the interplay between social liberalism and sexuality in the socio-spatial and political integration of Haitian immigrants and refugees in Canada, the United States, and France. He is a Doctoral Fellow at the Institute Convergence Migrations (Paris, France), a Graduate Student Researcher at the Centre for Research on Empirical Social Sciences (CRESS), a Researcher affiliated to the Laboratoire Caribéen de Sciences Sociales of France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-LC2S). He is a Session Co-Organizer for the Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster and a member of the Anti-Black Racism Subcommittee at the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA). He is the Sociology Graduate Caucus Chair and a Teaching Assistant at McMaster University.

Using his plurilingual skills (English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese), Mr. Charles works as a Co-Investigator on publicly funded research projects in Canada, France, the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. He is appointed as an Advisor on the City of Toronto’s 2019-2022 Francophone Affairs Advisory Committee. His professional background includes over 15 years of experience in several leadership positions as the Founder of his own Theatre Troop in Haiti; the Creator of a French linguistic workshop and a full-time French teacher in Venezuela; an Intercultural Project Coordinator in France, an Event Organizer for the NGO Africa-France Solidaires in Cameroon; a GSA’s Vice-President and a Chief Steward for CUPE 3903 at York University in Canada. He has won over 17 awards for his research, leadership, and academic accomplishments, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship. He is currently nominated for the 2020 Ed Finn Award for excellence in writing.