Charris De Smet graduated from the University of Antwerp in 2019. Her master's thesis analysed consumer patterns and values on the Parisian second-hand markets during the late-eighteenth century, which has been published in French History.

As a collaborator of the TOP-funded research project "Fashioning old and new", she has done research into nineteenth-century French auction practices from March 2019 until October 2020.

As of November 2020, she is working on her PhD research as a PhD Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. Her research proposal “Politicians on the market? Framing French consumerism in an age of regime change (Paris, c. 1780 - c. 1870)” aims to study the political embedding of consumption in nineteenth-century Paris. The project questions how political debates have shaped commercial parlour at the dawn of the modern era.

Research stays

From March 2022 until September 2022, she has been granted a Gustave Boël-Sofina Fellowship for a research stay in Paris at the Institut d'histoire moderne et contemporaine (UMR 8066).

Enrolled in a joint PhD with the Université Lumière Lyon 2 since 2021, she is an active member of the LARHRA research centre.

Public engagement

Charris is a member of the advisory board of the Lier City Museum.

PhD Supervisors

Ilja Van DammeMarnix BeyenNatacha Coquery