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Current students

Students affiliated with the Centre

Estie Hugo

Estie is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. She is currently working on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which investigates World Literature through the commodity frontiers of the 20th century (see more here: Her PhD project investigates the histories of women's work in the sugar and palm oil industries, as mediated in Nigerian, British and Caribbean fiction. She is also, as of January 2022, Associate Lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

For furher details, see Estie's profile page Esthie Hugo (

PhD Scholarship students

Miriam Gordon, 2021-

Miriam Gordon

'Shifting Gendered Paradigms: Place, Displacement and Gender in French Caribbean.'

Miriam is a PhD candidate, funded by Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Fellowship.

Her research explores the intersection between place, displacement and gender in French Caribbean literature. In selecting four authors of across gender, age and island of origin, Her research will analyse how different places and movement from these places directs and challenges gendered identities within a Caribbean framework. This thesis also desires to bring these authors and approaches into a greater dialogue through their works.

Supervisors: Dr Fabienne Viala Manicom (SMLC) and Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (SMLC)

MA Students

Rossana Coutinho
  • 2021 -22
  • My Research project, examines the (Surinamese) government, specifically their laws and how they have executed it to reinforce or prevent equality. I aim to focus on the period of colonisation to look at the history and/ or origins of systematic racism.
  • Supervisor, Dr John Gilmore, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies
Christopher Maxwell
  • Kit Maxwell (2021-), 'Material culture of the British Caribbean in the long eighteenth century'
  • Supervisor, Professor David Lambert, Department of History