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Michiel de Haas (1986) graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Utrecht (2007, Summa Cum Laude) and a Research MA in History from Utrecht University (2012, Cum Laude). During his masters he also worked as a research fellow in the United States House of Representatives and participated in a thinktank project on trust relations between citizens and public organizations in the Netherlands (Nationale Denktank 2010). After his studies he wrote a paper on the history of Dutch agricultural policies for the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and taught a range of courses in economic, environmental and agrarian history at Utrecht University and Wageningen University. Since 2013, he works as PhD researcher in the ERC Starting Grant project Is Poverty Destiny? A new empirical foundation for long-term African welfare analysis. His project investigates the introduction of cash crops and its impact on different aspects of rural living standards in British East Africa during the colonial era and beyond.