Currently, I am affiliated with Leiden University (History department) as Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History and with Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht as Senior Researcher.
I studied History at Leiden University and obtained my PhD at Tilburg University. From 2000, I was successively affiliated with the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague, the International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam, Tilburg University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Groningen, Utrecht University, the Radboud Group for Historical Demography (Radboud University Nijmegen), Ministry of Justice, and Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht.
I am 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, General Secretary of the International Commission for Historical Demography and Secretary of the Association for Young Historical Demographers.
Specific research interests include the history of childhood, gender history, institutionalized populations, medical history, social epidemiology, family and care, and (cause specific) mortality.
Visiting professorship at EHESS, Paris (Autumn 2019)
Preparing several articles for scientific journals
Preparing Yearbook on colonial legacies, gender, museum
Oral history project with 40 centenarians (100+) about perceived health/smoking behavior and/or sexuality/contraception (with Yvonne Witter / VuMC)
SHIP-network: Studying the history of Health in Port cities (with A. Janssens) with meetings in Ghent and Tromso (Norway)
The Amsterdam Health & Disease Database 1854-1940
This project concerns the construction of a truly exceptional dataset: a database on individual causes of death for the entire population of Amsterdam for the period 1854-1940. This database includes the causes of death of all individuals who died within the city of Amsterdam in the span of almost 100 years. Just imagine that we can reconstruct the health and disease patterns for all 700.000 individuals who lived and died in this period! It will become possible to map and reconstruct the entire spatio-temporal history of death, disease, but also of medical practice in the Dutch capital as it evolved over those 100 years.
This project is carried out as a crowdsourcing project through the Velehanden.nl website. See: www.velehanden.nl. Do you want to be part of this exciting enterprise? Join us on Velehanden.nl!
In July 2019 75% of the data was entered into the AHDD database!
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NWO MOST Joint seminar in Taipé, Taiwan, October 2019
In the news:
OVT vpro radio 15 sept. 2019 'Ongehuwde moeders gedwongen tot afstaan kind'
Nu.nl 18 aug. 2019 'Borstvoeding in het openbaar: 'Er is verpreutsing gaande'
NRC 25 jan. 2019 'In Brabant stierven baby’s door taboe op
Nederlands Dagblad 29 jan. 2019 'In katholieke zuiden stierven meer baby’s'.
Brabants Dagblad 16 jan. 2019 'Taboe op borstvoeding oorzaak hoge kindersterfte in Brabant eind negentiende eeuw' (tevens in Eindhovens Dagblad)
Algemeen Dagblad 16 jan. 2019 'Taboe op borstvoeding oorzaak hoge kindersterfte in Brabant eind negentiende eeuw'
Trouw 18 jan. 2018 'Ook Nederlandse moeders werden onder druk gezet om hun kind af te staan'
Reformatorisch Dagblad 21 okt. 2016, 'Historici onderzoeken waaraan 700.000 Amsterdammers overleden'
Het Parool 20 okt. 2016, 'Zo onderzoek je de dood van 700.000 Amsterdammers. Waaraan gingen Amsterdammers tussen 1854 en 1940 dood?'
Amsterdam FM, 20 okt. 2016, radiointerview Evelien Walhout,'Hoe ging de Amsterdammer dood?'
Nieuws en Co, Radio 1 20 okt. 2016 - radiointerview Evelien Walhout, 'De doodsoorzaken van Amsterdam'
Brandpunt (KRO/NCRV): item over vooronderzoek Geweld in de jeugdzorg (Commissie De Winter)
Podcast and website on infant mortality, Erfgoed Brabant
Teaching in Leiden academic year 2019-2020: courses on Historical Demography, Academic writing, Economic and Social History and Master Thesis Seminar
Preparing several papers for the European Social Science History Conference in Leiden, March 2020
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Working on book on Brabant Baby's, published by Prometheus 2020
Organization of XXIII ICHS/ICHD conference, Poznán, August 2019