Michiel Baas

1975 –
anthropology, migration, diaspora
India, Australia, Singapore

Curriculum vitae

1975born in Hoorn on January 26
2000-2003MA anthropology, University of Amsterdam
2004-2008PhD researcher University of Amsterdam
2007-2012coordinator at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Amsterdam
2008-2010secretary to the board & coordinator at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Amsterdam
2009PhD under the supervision of M.A.F. Rutten and H.W. van Schendel, University of Amsterdam
2010-2011research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam
2011-2012lecturer anthropology, University of Amsterdam
2010-2012coordinator Eutopia Institute, Amsterdam
2013-presentaffiliate research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
2013-2014fellow at Nalanda University, Delhi
2014-presentresearch fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore


  • Website of the National University of Singapore, pdf


2006  “Students of migration: Indian overseas students and the question of permanent residency.” People and Place 14,1: 8-24.
“Cash cows: milking Indian students in Australia.” IIAS Newsletter 42: 14.
2007  “Arranged love: marriage in a transnational work environment.” IIAS Newsletter 45: 9.
“The language of migration: the education industry versus the migration industry.” People and Place 15,2: 49-61.
2009  Imagined mobility: migration and transnationalism among Indian students in Australia, [s.l.: s.n.]. – PhD thesis University of Amsterdam; published in 2010 at London: Anthem Press.
“Curry bashing: racism, violence and alien space invaders.” EPW 44,34: 37-42.
“The IT caste: of love and marriage in the IT industry of Bangalore.” South Asia: journal of South Asian studies 32,2: 285-307.
“Bangalore @ night: Indian IT professionals and the global clock ticking.” Etnofoor 20,2: 59 – 72.
2010  “Praying for food: class and Indian overseas students in Australia.” In: Glenda Tibe Bonifacio and Vivienne S. M. Angeles, For gender, religion and migration: pathways of integration, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 71-93.
2011 “Learning how to work the grey zone: issues of legality and illegality among Indian students in Australia.” In: Thanh-Dam Truong and Des Gasper (eds), Transnational migration and human security: the migration-development-security nexus, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 169-180.
2012  & Ajaya Kumar Sahoo andThomas Faist (eds), Indian diaspora and transnationalism, New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
“Introduction.” In: Ibidem, pp.
Editor of: “Postcolonial dialogues.” IIAS Newsletter 59: 23-34.
“Reviewing postcolonial dialogues.” IIAS Newsletter 59: 24-25.
2013  “In-betweenness: Indian student-migrants and the purpose of disconnection from here & there.” Conserveries mémorielles 13 (special issue: Frontières, barrières, horizons: réinterroger l’histoire et les mémoires de la migration).
2014  “Victims or profiteers? Issues of migration, racism and violence among Indian students in Melbourne.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55:2, 212-225

“Indians in Australia: the ambivalent relationship between Indian (international) students and members of the Indian Community in Australia.” In: Vasintha Veeran & Vinod Chandra (eds), Indian diaspora and identity crisis among young Indians, Bingley (UK): Emerald Publishers.
Editor of: Transnational migration and Asia: the question of return, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.