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 wrote his master thesis about child mortality in the region Hai-shan (Taiwan) during the period 1906-1945, and is now working on his PhD-project ‘Between Rivalry and Support: Differences in the Mortality Chances of Brothers and Sisters in Taiwan and the Netherlands, 1860-1945’ at the Radboud University. His research interests include life transitions (mortality, fertility, migration, marriage), family history, inequality in life chances, evolutionary theories, big history, and comparative research on Asia and Western Europe. In addition, he is also interested in which role historians should play in society and the public debate. Moreover, he tries to strengthen the voice of young scholars in international scientific debates. During his PhD-project he is also a visiting scholar at the Program for Historical Demography of Academia Sinica (Taiwan) and a guest PhD candidate at Wageningen University. At the moment he is also a Lecturer at the University of Groningen.

Vice-president: Ryohei Mogi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Ryohei Mogi is a PhD candidate at CED (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a former EDSD student in 2016/2017 in Rome. His research interest is first childbirth process, especially childless, mate search, and bridal pregnancy (premarital childbearing) comparing Southern European countries and Japan considering historical trends.

Secretary: Evelien Walhout (Leiden University)

Evelien Walhout studied History at Leiden University with a special focus on historical demography and family history. From 2000, she was successively affiliated with the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague, the International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam and several Dutch universities. She has taught at Radboud University Nijmegen and Leiden University. Her fields of research include infant and childhood mortality, female labor participation, adoption practices, social epidemiology, family and care systems, children and (sexual) violence (institutionalized populations), and on the link between religion and (cause specific) mortality. Evelien is currently affiliated with Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security (De Winter Commission). She is also 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. In addition, she finished her dissertation on infant morbidity and mortality patterns in 19th- and early 20th-century Netherlands (Sociology, Tilburg University)

PR-Officer (newsletter): Jeanne Cilliers (Lund University)

Jeanne Cilliers holds a PhD in economics from Stellenbosch University and is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Economic History at Lund University. Her research interests are in the fields of economic and historical demography, with a focus on colonial Africa. Her expertise is in working with large historical demographic databases. This has most recently included the digitisation of the South African Genealogical Registers, which formed the basis of her doctoral dissertation: A Demographic History of Settler South Africa. She is currently working in the Cape of Good Hope Panel Project: Quantitative studies of long-term growth, inequality and labour coercion in a developing region. The goal of the project is to construct the first ever multi-generational individual-level panel data-set for a developing region (the Cape Colony c. 1665-1840).

PR-Officer (website): Michail Raftakis (Newcastle University)

Michail Raftakis is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University, UK. His doctoral thesis focuses on the mortality change in the Greek city of Hermoupolis on the island from Syros (1859-1940). Since little is known about the mortality patterns in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Greece, this study will produce fresh insights into Greek urban demography and will be the first comprehensive study of mortality in a Greek historical population.
He also obtained an MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh. His dissertation focused on the demographic experience of Irish-born women in Scotland in the three decades after the Second World War (1951-1981). He undertook his undergraduate degree at the University of Crete, Greece, gaining a degree in European and Modern Greek history.
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:

  • 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)