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Gregory Knapp


Department of Geography & the Environment
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1098

Office: CLA 3.712
Office hours: by appointment

Contact: (512) 282-1588 (voicemail forwards to email)
Email gwk@utexas.edu



BA University of California - Berkeley in Economics and Mathematics
PhD University of Wisconsin in Geography and Anthropology (minor)


My research focuses on traditional and modernizing agriculture, water, adaptation to environmental change, and ethnic and cultural geography in relationship with modernization.   My nine books and mongraphs include edited overviews of research agendas; results of research on Andean adaptive dynamics, irrigation, and linguistic geography; and a standard textbook on South America. I've pursued these themes with grants, including two Fulbright-Hays grants and NSF support.

I'm also concerned about values, and the efforts to create a good society and a right relation between persons and nature. Critical (but not unsympathetic) efforts to assess these efforts take into account life ways, rational decision making, power relations, implicit compromises and contracts, cultural history, and natural history at a variety of scales. My ontology, epistemology, and methodology are grounded in the philosophers of process and decentralization and privilege the primary role of persons in community.  I've dedicated much of my time to service and outreach, as recognized by the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Outstanding Service Award (2004).

I teach one of the university's largest freshman courses on Latin America, a "signature course" on Latin American environmental history and sustainability, a graduate seminar on culture, environment, and development, a study abroad program in South America, and supervise graduate student field research in Latin America and the American West.  I've supervised over thirty theses and dissertations; former students are now at a variety of universities and organizations, including (for example) the University of British Columbia, the University of Richmond, University of Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, and the Sierra Club


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