Maël is a Research Fellow in Racial Inequality at the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme where he contributes to fellowship curriculum development, teaching, and mentoring. He also undertakes research on the AFSEE/III research programme Politics of Inequality.

Maël is currently working on a research project aiming at enlightening the process, the factors and the mechanisms involved in the pervasiveness of socio-racial inequalities in Jamaica, the French Antilles (Guadeloupe and Martinique) and the Southern United States, despite the abolitions of slavery in the 19th century.