Nicole Charles

Assistant Professor

Cross Appointments: Women and Gender Studies Program, Department of Historical Studies @ UTM

Phone: 416-946-0292

Areas of Interest

  • Transnational feminism
  • Caribbean feminisms
  • Science and technology studies
  • Black feminist health science studies
  • Gender, race and capitalism
  • Postcolonial biopolitics
  • Politics of risk and care


Nicole Charles is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Feminist Studies in Culture and Media in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a graduate appointment in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her research engages transnational and women of colour feminisms, Caribbean studies and science and technology studies to deconstruct the politics of biomedicine, care, race, colonialism and technology in the Anglophone Caribbean. Her forthcoming book manuscript, Suspicion: Vaccines, Hesitancy and the Affective Politics of Protection in Barbados examines the (post)colonial, transnational and affective stakes behind the promotion and refusal of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Barbados. 


PhD, Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto 

Selected Publications

Charles, N. (forthcoming). Suspicion and/as Radical (Care): Looking Closer at Vaccine Hesitancy in Postcolonial Barbados. Social Text  (38.1/ 142).  

Charles, N. (2018). HPV Vaccination and Affective Suspicions in Barbados. Feminist Formations 30 (1): 46 – 70   


Undergraduate Courses:

At UTM: 

WGS205: Introduction to Feminism and Popular Culture 

WGS418: Feminist Cultural Studies of Biomedicine  

WGS351: Gender, Race and Surveillance 

Graduate Courses:

At St. George:

WGS1018: Theories of the Flesh: Transnational Feminist Sensibilities