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David Kneas

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: (803) 777-1308
Email: kneas@mailbox.sc.edu
Office: Callcott, Room 326
David Kneas

Bio 

David Kneas completed his Ph.D. in 2014 at Yale University, in a combined program between Anthropology and The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. David also has a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Yale and a BA in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN).

Research 

David’s research examines the history and contemporary articulations of Andean landscapes, in particular, how past discursive landscapes shape the material geographies of the present, and vice-versa. His current book project is a historical ethnography of an ongoing conflict over a proposed copper mining in northwestern Ecuador. This project draws on his doctoral dissertation, research that combined two years of two ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Ecuador with David’s own experience of working in the country since 2000, as well as archival research in the US and the UK. 

Teaching 

ENVR 101: Introduction to the Environment

GEOG343: Human Impact on the Environment

GEOG/ANTH 581: Globalization & Cultural Questions

Representative Publications 

2016. Kneas, D. Subsoil Abundance and Surface Absence: A Junior Mining Company and its Performance of Prognosis in Northwestern Ecuador. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22(S1): 67-86.

2016. Kneas, D. After-Eden: Narratives of Nature, Degradation, and Poverty in Amazonian Discourse. Journal of Latin American Geography, 15(2): 33-53

2013. Baker, L., M. Dove, D. Graef, A. Keleman, D. Kneas, S. Osterhoudt, and J. Stoike. “Whose Diversity Counts? The Politics and Paradoxes of Modern Diversity,” Sustainability 5, 2495-2518. (special issue on Endangered Human Diversity).

2005. Kneas, D. “Contesting Copper:  Documentary Film, Research, and Mining in Ecuador’s Intag region.” Tropical Resources: The Bulletin of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute. 24: 15-20.