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Eve Hayes de Kalaf

Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Eve has an extensive academic and professional background working in Latin America and the Caribbean. She obtained a distinction in a PGDip in Human Development with the United Nations in 2010 and a Master’s degree at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London in 2011. She completed her PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Aberdeen in 2018 whilst teaching at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Eve then moved to the School of Law and Social Justice and subsequently the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool. She is currently based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Eve’s research offers some uncomfortable insights into the use and abuse of modern-day identity-based development 'solutions' that aim to provide all people, everywhere with a legal identity. Importantly, her book 'Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner' is the first to identify a link between the promulgation of ID practices by international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations with arbitrary measures that retroactively stripped hundreds of thousands of native-born (largely) Haitian-descended citizens of their Dominican citizenship. The book is part of the Anthem Series in Citizenship and National Identities. You can see the launch, which features the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, here:


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies