Skip to Content

College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

David Kneas

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & 
the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Phone Number: 803-777-1308
Office: Callcott 326
Research Areas: Environmental Humanities
Environmental Risks & Hazards
Society, Policy & Environment
Research Summary:

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.

David Kneas



ENVR 101: Introduction to the Environment

GEOG343: Human Impact on the Environment

GEOG/ANTH 581: Globalization & Cultural Questions


Representative Publications 


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.