MA (Michiel) de Haas PhD

MA (Michiel) de Haas PhD


Michiel de Haas graduated with a BA in liberal arts and sciences (2007, Summa Cum Laude) and an MA in history (2012, Cum Laude) from Utrecht University. He recently completed his Ph.D. (2017, Cum Laude) at Wageningen University, with a thesis entitled Rural livelihoods and agricultural commercialization in colonial Uganda: conjunctures of external influences and local realities. He currently works as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Rural and Environmental History Group. His research focuses on the economic history of sub-Saharan Africa, with expertise in East and Central Africa, Uganda in particular. His thematic interests include the long-term development of living standards, access to education and income inequality, as well as the determinants and impact of agricultural commercialization.

Key publications:

De Haas, M. Measuring rural welfare in colonial Africa: did Uganda's smallholders thrive? The Economic History Review, 70, 2 (2017), pp. 605-31.

De Haas, M. and E.H.P. Frankema, Gender, ethnicity and unequal opportunity in colonial Uganda: European influences, African realities and the pitfalls of parish register data, The Economic History Review (forthcoming).

Papaioannou, K.J. and M. de Haas, Weather shocks and agricultural commercialization in colonial tropical Africa: did cash crops alleviate social distress? World Development, 94 (2017), pp. 346-65.