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Oonk, Gijsbert

Gijsbert Oonk Department of History, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gijsbert Oonk is Head of Department of History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is the ‘South Asian Area/History’ editor of the Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) as well as editor of Geschiedenis Magazine (History magazine, published in Dutch). He was also the Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Fellow in Business History at the Harvard Business School (Boston) for the year 2011–2012.

He specialises in business, migration and economic history. He is particularly interested in the role of South Asian (Indian) migrants and settlers in East Africa. His earlier publications include: The Karimjee Jivanjee Family: Merchant Princes of East Africa, 1800–2000 (2009) and Global Indian Diasporas: Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory (edited) (2007).