Institute Roles

Eve joined the IHR as a research fellow in 2022. She is currently Training Fellow in History & the Humanities, supporting the School’s national mission to promote and facilitate researcher training in the field of History and related disciplines. Her role involves working with academic leads to develop the School’s short course portfolio, facilitating cross-Institute/departmental collaboration and helping to launch new courses and seasonal schools, both online and in-person.

Research Interests

Dr Hayes de Kalaf’s work examines the use and abuse of modern-day identity-based digital development 'solutions' within and beyond the international development sector - including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - which aim to provide all people, everywhere with a legal and, increasingly, digital identity over the next decade. Her critically acclaimed book 'Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner', published with a Foreword by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican American author Junot Díaz, focuses specifically on access to citizenship across Latin America and the Caribbean examining how states can manufacture, block or deny access to citizens - including the migrant-descended - to their documentation. This includes the growing influence of international organisations such as the World Bank over facilitating the en masse introduction of digital identification systems. Her recent work on the AHRC-funded project ‘The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context’ included extensive empirical research across Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago as well as the design and creation of an online digital oral history archive examining the historical origins of this major controversy. You can find out more about Eve's publications and research interests here.

Wider academic work

In collaboration with the IHR, Eve has convened the popular CLACS Caribbean Studies Seminar Series. This online series conceives of the Caribbean in its broadest possible sense; cross-cutting varying historical, political, sociocultural, linguistic, transnational and decolonial contexts. Through the active promotion of intellectual engagement, knowledge exchange and collaboration, we welcome the participation of postgraduate students, early career researchers, writers and scholars who wish to share their interdisciplinary, comparative and integrated research on the region.

Eve is winner of the David Nicholls Memorial Trust Award (2016), the Latin American Studies Association Guy Alexandre Prize (2018) and the CLACS Early Career Fellowship (2021), Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of London. She is a former board member of the Society for Latin American Studies (2019-2023), an affiliate of the Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative, Overseas Development Institute (2022-), and Treasurer of the Haiti Support Group

In addition to her scholarly work, Eve is an active campaigner against precarity and casualisation in higher education. She is founding member of the British Academy Early Career Network which, in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, is piloting a new scheme across the humanities and social sciences over the next two years. Eve is a proud single mum to her daughter Leila who regularly accompanies her to work events and conferences.

Selected Publications


Precarity in British Higher Education’ Academic Aunties Podcast with Professor Ethel Tungohan, York University (Canada). June 2023.

Nèg Mawon Scholar Series #26. A Conversation with Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf. May 2022.

Between the Lines with Dr Tony Roberts. Institute of Development Studies. February 2022. 

Talking Legal Identity, Race and Belonging with Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf.’ Women in Identity. November 2021.

Book Launch with Chair: David Howard, Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford. Discussants: Professor Junot Díaz, MIT and Raj Chetty, Associate Professor at St. John’s University (December 2021).

Pre-book Launch: 'Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic'. UCL Institute of the Americas (June 2021).

Media articles

  • Are Academia and Motherhood Incompatible? Times Higher Education
  • Anger as Home Secretary ditches key review recommendations, failing Windrush scandal survivors and campaigners, History & Policy
  • At “tipping point”: New Report signals limited drive within the Home Office properly to address the Windrush Scandal, History & Policy
  • How some countries are using digital ID to exclude vulnerable people around the world, The Conversation
  • Digital identity, rights and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean: who are we including and who is being left behind? CLACS blog
  • Dominican Republic has taken citizenship from up to 200,000 and is getting away with it, The Conversation

Book Reviews

Jack Webb, Roderick Westmaas, María del Pilar Kaladeen and William Tantam (eds.), Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond (London: University of London Press, Institute of Latin American Studies, 2020), xii + 187 pp.

Funded Fellowships

  • Short-term scientific mission (STSM) to the University of Amsterdam, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CA21120 (2023)
  • Early Career Fellow, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of London (2020-2021)
  • Comparative Statecraft Studentship Award, Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, University of Aberdeen (2014-2018)
  • Isabella Middleton Scholarship Fund, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen (2016)
  • Principal's Excellence Fund, University of Aberdeen (2015)
  • UNHCR Fellowship to participate on Statelessness Course and present at The First Global Forum on Statelessness, Tilburg University (2014)

Prizes and Honours

  • Keynote Speaker, History of Identity Documentation in European Nations (HIDDEN), European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Conference (2023)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of London (2021-2022)
  • Best Student Who Tutors Nomination, Edinburgh University Students' Association (2019)
  • Guy Alexandre Prize for Best Paper, Latin American Studies Association (2018)
  • Visiting Researcher, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (2017-2018)
  • Student Travel Fund, Latin American Studies Association (2017)
  • David Nicholls Memorial Trust Award, David Nicholls Memorial Trust (2016)
  • Overseas Conference Grant, Society for Latin American Studies (2016)
  • Postgraduate Travel Bursary, Society for Latin American Studies (2016)
Book launch, 1 Dec 2021 at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of London.