Kristin Ciupa

Assistant Professor
PhD (Queen Mary, University of London); MA (York University); JD (University of Windsor); BA (Brock University)

Office: CL 217
Phone: 306-585-4052

Research interests

  • Political Economy
  • Development
  • Extractive Industries
  • Latin America
  • Environment
  • International Law
  • Canadian Law
  • Social Movements

Dr. Kristin Ciupa teaches sociology of development and sociology of disaster. With a background in Sociology, Political Science and Law, her work is interdisciplinary and has focused on Venezuela, Latin America, Canada and the international. Her research explores natural resource extraction through an analysis of the interrelation between local and international development processes, markets and social relations. She has also written on how Canadian law and international law are shaped by relations of power between social actors in the neoliberal era.


Ciupa, K. (forthcoming). The Political Economy of Oil in Venezuela: Class Conflict, the State and the World Market. Brill.

Ciupa, K. (2021). Shifting Tides, Regional Reverberations: A Class-Relational Analysis of the ALBA-TCP. Globalizations.

Ciupa, K. and Zalik, A. (2020). Enhancing Corporate Standing, Shifting Blame: An Examination of Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. Extractive Industries and Society, 7(3), 826-834.

Ciupa, K. (2017). The Promise of Rights: International Indigenous Rights in the Neoliberal Era. In: Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project. H. Brabazon, ed. Routledge.

Ciupa, K. (2017). Challenging the Dominance of Foreign Capital Requires Far Stronger Regional Integration. Jacobin.

Raddon, M-B. and Ciupa K. (2011). How to Write your Will in an Age of Risk: The Institutionalization of Individualism in Estate Planning in English Canada. Current Sociology, 59(6), 771-786.