The award will be determined by five jury members: two permanent (chairperson Robbert-Jan Adriaansen and Kristine Racina) and three guest jurors. Guest jurors are experts in their field and are selected by the EAC and the chairperson of the jury. Here are the confirmed jurors for the 2024 EAC Thesis Award:


Robbert-Jan Adriaansen (permanent juror, chairperson) is assistant professor in the theory of history and historical culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). He is also the executive director of the Center for Historical Culture. Adriaansen’s research focuses on the relationship between conceptions of time and historical understanding. His PhD thesis The Rhythm of Eternity. The German Youth Movement and the Experience of the Past, 1900-1933 (Berghahn Books, 2015) focuses on how young Germans in the early twentieth century developed a new sense of historical time that challenged the dominant notions of progress and decline. He is currently working on a project that explores how digital media and platforms shape historical consciousness and representation in contemporary society. He is also interested in the role of history education and public history in fostering critical historical thinking and civic engagement.

Kristine Racina (permanent juror) is the director of the Expatriate Archive Centre. Originally from Latvia, she is a self-described ‘military brat’ and has experience as an adult expatriate in Yemen, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands. Kristine is an experienced consultant and manager of projects and teams in government roles in Latvia and Yemen, and a number of NGOs and local organisations in the Netherlands. She speaks multiple languages, including English, Latvian, Russian, Dutch and French. Kristine has managed a number of projects and events with significant budgets and stakeholders in each of the countries she has lived. She has two Master’s degrees in Economics from University of Latvia and Financial Management from Centre Européen Universitaire de Nancy.

Craig Howes (guest juror) has been the Director of the Center for Biographical Research since 1997, the co-editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, the major journal in the field of life writing, since 1994, and a Professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since 1980. He is the author of Voices of the Vietnam POWS: Witnesses to their Fight (1993), a Choice notable book, and the co-editor of Teaching Life Writing (MLA 2007). Commissioned to prepare the essay on life writing for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory (2022), he has written extensively on lifewriting ethics and pedagogy, human subject research, biography and autobiography in the Pacific, and life writing in 19th century British, American, and Hawaiian periodicals. A past President of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (1998–1999), he was a founding member of the International Auto/Biography Association (1999–present), and is the list manager for IABA-L, serving over 1,650 subscribers. The principal scholar and co-producer of the Biography Hawaiʻi documentary series, he has co-edited The Value of Hawaiʻi, a three-volume (2010, 2014, 2020) collection of essays about the islands’ past, present, and futures. During his directorship, the Center for Biographical Research has also sponsored over six hundred lectures, talks, and panels as part of its weekly seminar series.

Jennifer McGarrigle (guest juror) is a researcher in the Centre of Geographical Studies (CEG) and an Assistant Professor of Human Geography in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her most recent publication is Dominguez-Mujica, J., McGarrigle, J. and Parreño, J.M (2021) International residential mobilities: From lifestyle migrations to tourism gentrification, published by Springer. Her current research focuses on new forms of international residential mobility and impacts in urban areas, with a particular focus on investment and lifestyle migration. She is coordinator of the IMISCOE research initiative ‘PriMob: Privileged mobilities, local impacts, belonging and citizenship’.

Matthew Hayes (guest juror) is a professor of sociology and Canada Research Chair in Global and Transnational Studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, Canada. His work on lifestyle migration from Canada and the United States to Cuenca, Ecuador has been published in several leading journals and in the book, Gringolandia (2018, University of Minnesota Press), which has been translated into Spanish (2020, Abya Yala). Dr. Hayes’s published work in English, Spanish and French brings a global sociology approach to lifestyle migration, recognizing the forms of privileged transnationalism as the class disposition of those who have inherited citizenship and material benefits from an unequally integrated global economy organized by powerful nation-states. His work documents how these privileged dispositions shape interaction with receiving communities in Ecuador and Morocco. He has also worked on the concept of transnational gentrification in relation to these forms of migration (see Urban Studies special issue, 2020). The lifestyle of increased transnational mobility has produced new urban dynamics, especially in cities outside the core capitalist states, where access to financing for housing construction has historically been limited, and where public budgets for affordable housing remains compressed. His ongoing work seeks to understand how lifestyle migrants make sense of the material and symbolic privileges they enjoy in the global South, while remaining sensitive to the intentions of research participants.



The following guidelines apply to the jury:

  • The jury has the right to not award the prizes if they judge the level and quality of the nominated theses in a specific year to be too low.
  • There will not be any correspondence about decisions reached by the jury.
  • For all other cases not described on this website, the EAC and the jury chairperson will decide.

The jurors of the previous EAC Thesis Award editions can be found here.