Chantelle graduated from Loughborough University in 2019 with a BSc in Sociology after receiving the Albert Cherns memorial prize for her dissertation on the construction of maternal identities via mummy blogs.
Continuing at Loughborough in 2020 Chantelle was awarded a MSc in Social Science Research, focussing on social policy and infant feeding guidelines.
Chantelle won funding from the Economic and Social Research Council which currently allows her to pursue a PhD in maternal mental health. Chantelle is supervised by Professor Line Nyhagen and Dr Catherine Coveney.
Chantelle’s previous research has focussed on the many disparaging aspects of the institution of motherhood. Chantelle uses feminist methodologies to situate herself within her research as a mother, a sufferer of anxiety and depression and a black woman learning how to identify as black.
Chantelle’s PhD investigates how mothers use peer support to survive maternal mental health struggles. Chantelle uses autoethnography along with other qualitative methods to gain more understanding of the hidden experiences of motherhood and aims to use this to shape the policies that surround mothering.