Darren Wan

Graduate Student


My research centers on south Chinese and south Indian workers across the Bay of Bengal littoral. My main areas of interest include histories of labor migration, anticolonialism and decolonization, citizenship, bureaucracy, and oral history. My dissertation project, tentatively entitled Documenting Belonging: Citizenship Claims and Bureaucratic Encounters in British Southeast Asia, explores how migrants articulated citizenship claims to the states of Burma and Malaya in the 1950s and 1960s, when their inclusion in these nations was contingent and sometimes outright denied.

I am also an editor of Mynah, a longform print magazine devoted to telling untold Singaporean stories.

Committee: Eric Tagliacozzo & Durba Ghosh (co-advisors), Natasha Raheja