Daniel Bass

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Religious Studies


Lynn University



Mailing Address

Lynn University
3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton FL 33431 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 561-237-7484
fax: 561-237-7216

Countries of Specialization

Sri Lanka

Research Interests

Sri Lanka, Up-country Tamils, diaspora, tea estates/plantations,
ethnicity, identity, religion, Hinduism, globalization, labor.


Of Tea and Tigers: Up-country Tamils in and beyond Sri Lanka (book
manuscript under reveiw at University of Hawaii Press)

A Diaspora Next Door: Up-Country Tamils in Sri Lanka, in Indentureship to
Globalisation: New Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora, Radica Mahase &
Jerome Teelucksingh, eds. Lanham: Lexington Press (forthcoming 2010).

Agency, Apathy and Alienation: Up-country Tamil Ethnic Solidarity on Sri
Lankan Tea Plantations, Critical Asian Studies (forthcoming 2010).

Making Sense of the Census: Up-country Tamils and the Contours of Tamil
Nationalism, in Pathways of Dissent: Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka, R.
Cheran, ed., p. 139-151. New Delhi: Sage, 2009.

A Place on the Plantations: Up-country Tamil Ethnicity in Sri Lanka.
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan,

Paper Tigers on the Prowl: Rumors, Violence and Agency in the Up-country
of Sri Lanka, Anthropological Quarterly 81 (1): 269-296, 2008.

Landscapes of Malaiyaha Tamil Identity. Marga Monograph Series on Ethnic
Reconciliation No. 8. Colombo: Marga Institute, 22 pp., 2001.

Malaiyaha (Up-Country) Identity and Politics in the Twenty-first Century.
ICES Lecture/ Discussion Series No. 2. Colombo: International Centre for
Ethnic Studies, 16 pp., 2000.


Up-country Tamils ; diaspora ; tea estates ; plantations ; ethnicity ; identity ; religion ; ...