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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

David Kneas

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Geography; Earth, Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1308
Office: Callcott, Room 326
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment 
Department of Geography


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).


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.


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.