Areas of Specialization
Environment, Energy, Political Economy, Socioeconomic Change and Development, Globalization
Dr. Kaup's intellectual interests focus upon how changing patterns of capital accumulation intersect with human perceptions and uses of nature. In particular, he is interested in examining the financial and geopolitical factors driving global increases in raw material extraction and the effects such increases have upon power hierarchies, state autonomy, and resistance. In his most recent work, he explores the socioeconomic and ecological challenges that the Bolivian state faced as it attempted to enhance its control over its hydrocarbon sector in a globally interdependent economy. He has published articles in Geoforum, Rural Sociology, and Latin American Perspectives.