Board

Board

To be able to strengthen the field of historical demography it is important that also junior staff has a platform to interact with each other. The Association for Young Historical Demographers has a daily executive board which is responsible for addressing important issues of, and questions from, junior staff in the field of historical demography. Below you can find the current executive board:

President: Tim Riswick (Radboud University)

Tim Riswick studied History at the Radboud University (the Netherlands), Glasgow University (Scotland) and Stanford University (USA) between 2008 and 2013 and specialised in Historical Demography. He finished his PhD-project ‘Between Rivalry and Support: The impact of sibling size and composition on infant and child mortality in the Netherlands (1863-1910) and Taiwan (1906-1945)’ at Radboud University in 2020. During his PhD-project he was also a visiting scholar at the Program for Historical Demography at Academia Sinica (Taiwan).  Currently he is an postdoctoral researcher in the project ‘Lifting the burden of disease. The modernisation of health in the Netherlands: Amsterdam 1854-1940’ at Radboud University. Furthermore, he is a board member of the European Society for Historical Demography and Associate Editor for The History of the Family.

Secretary: Evelien Walhout (Leiden University)

Evelien Walhout currently holds a position as Assistant Professor of Economic and Social History at Leiden University, with a special focus on historical demography and family history. She obtained her PhD from Evelien Walhout currently holds a position as Assistant Professor of Economic and Social History at Leiden University, with a special focus on historical demography and family history. She obtained her PhD from Tilburg University, on a thesis titled An infants’ graveyard? Region, religion, and infant mortality in North Brabant, 1840-1940 (2019). Fields of research include infant and childhood mortality, female labour participation, adoption practices, social epidemiology, family and care systems, children and (sexual) violence (institutionalized populations), and the link between religion and (cause specific) mortality. Evelien is also affiliated with Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht as researcher in a national inquiry into post-war forced adoption practices in the Netherlands. She is affiliated member of the Radboud Group for Historical Demography and Family History in Nijmegen, co-editor of the Yearbook of Women’s History, a peer-reviewed academic annual covering all aspects of gender connected with historical research throughout the world, and General Secretary of the International Commission for Historical Demography.

PR-Officer (website): Michail Raftakis (University of Sassari)

Michail Raftakis is a research fellow at the University of Sassari (DISEA), working on the project “The health of women and girls in Italy: from a first recognition to the need of a gender conscious approach”. He completed his PhD in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. His doctoral thesis focused on the mortality change in the Greek city of Hermoupolis on the island from Syros, 1859-1940 (2019). He also obtained an MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh. Finally, his main interests include historical demography, mortality, infant mortality, epidemiology, history of medicine, social and gender history.

PR-Officer (social media): Sarah Rafferty (University of Cambridge)

Sarah Rafferty gained a Geography BA(Hons) from the University of Nottingham in 2016, specialising in Medical Geography. Her undergraduate dissertation was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Historical Geography Research Group ‘Highly Commended’ Prize for research into smallpox during the inter-war period. She has since published two academic papers on historical smallpox. Over the course of her MSc in Demography and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine, her research interests developed with a distinct demographic focus. Her Masters thesis entitled “Infant mortality and its decline in London, 1891-1911: an exploratory spatial analysis of patterns and determinants” was awarded the Selwyn-Clarke Demography Prize. In September 2018, Sarah started an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Cambridge in the Geography Department, supervised by Dr Alice Reid. Her project continues to explore the variations in infant mortality decline in London, 1870-1929 and focuses on demographic, political and social reforms and how they influenced this health outcome. She is also working on the historical demography of Tanzania in a Research Assistant capacity; and is the Early Careers Trustee of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Previous board members:

  • Ryohei Mogi, Vice-President (2019-2021)
  • Jeanne Cilliers, PR-Officer Newsletter (2016-2020)
  • Stephanie Thiehoff-Klages, PR-Officer Social Media (2016-2018)
  • Benjamin Matuzak, Vice-President (2016-2018)
  • Edward Morgan, PR-Officer Website (2016-2018)
  • Christa Matthys, Secretary (2016-2018)