Eve Hayes de Kalaf is a sociolegal scholar with an extensive academic and professional background working in Latin America and the Caribbean. She was Stipendiary Fellow at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and is this year’s Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), School of Advanced Study, University of London. Eve currently convenes the Caribbean Studies Seminar Series for CLACS alongside her colleague Dr Jack Webb, University of Manchester.
In addition to her PhD at CISRUL, Eve holds an MA from the Institute for the Study of the Americas and a BA (Hons) in Modern Language Studies, University of Nottingham. She also obtained a PGDip in Human Development with the United Nations at the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo and is honorary fellow at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool.
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 and, increasingly, digital identity. Her book ‘Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic: From Citizen to Foreigner’ is to be published this year as part of the Anthem Series in Citizenship and National Identities. The publication 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. This was a major and important finding in her field.