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Evelien Walhout

Assistant Professor

Dr. E.C. Walhout
+31 71 527 6412

Evelien Walhout is Assistant Professor of Economic and Social History, with a special interest in historical demography and gender history. She obtained her PhD on morbidity and mortality patterns of infants and children in 19th and early 20th-century Netherlands in 2019 (Sociology, Tilburg University). She is 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. She is Secretary of the International Committee for Historical Demography (ICHD) and the Association of Young Historical Demographers (AYHD). Currently, her research activities include relinquishment and adoption practices of young women in the Netherlands in the period 1956-1984 (Verwey-Jonker Institute).

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Specific research interests include the history of childhood, gender history, female labour participation, public health, social epidemiology, family and care, and (cause specific) mortality. Besides her affiliation with Leiden University, she participated in the national inquiry on violence in the Dutch youth care system after 1945, commissioned by the De Winter Commission (2019) and the current national inquiry on relinquishment for adoption in the Netherlands between 1956 and 1984 (Ministry of Safety and Justice, The Hague).

Curriculum vitae

See www.evelienwalhout.com 

Selected publications

2019: An Infants’ Graveyard? Region, religion and infant mortality in North Brabant, 1840-1940 (Dissertation Tilburg University).

2018 (with A. Janssens) ‘Gateways of disease? Do port cities have different cause-of-death patterns compared to other cities, the case of the Netherlands, 1875-1899’, ed. by Paul Puschmann and Tim Riswick, Building bridges. Scholars, history and historical demography (Nijmegen 2018).

2012 (with N. Bohnert, H.L. Jastad and J. Vechbanyongratana), ‘Offspring sex preference in Frontier America', Journal of interdisciplinary history 42 (Spring) 4, 519-541.

2010: ‘Is breast best? Evaluating breastfeeding patterns and causes of infant death in a Dutch province in the period 1875-1900', The history of the family 15 (1) 76-90.

2009 (with F. van Poppel and J. Schellekens) ‘Oversterfte van jonge meisjes in Nederland in de negentiende en eerste helft twintigste eeuw', Tijdschrift voor sociale en economische geschiedenis 6 (4) 37-69.

2009 (with H. van Dalen and F. van Poppel), ‘Diffusion of a social norm: tracing the emergence of the housewife in the Netherlands, 1812-1922', Economic History Review 62 (1) 99-127.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Economische en Sociale geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 203a


  • Commissie De Winter Onderzoek
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