Sebastian Rubiano-Galvis

Sebastian Rubiano-Galvis

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Sebastián Rubiano-Galvis is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco, where he was formerly a Gerardo Marin Postdoctoral Fellow. 

His work studies the politics of environmental knowledge, technology, and data in Latin America. His current research includes projects on the history of gold mining in Latin America, the global governance of mercury, and the "datification" of environmental education, science, and policy. In the last decade, he has also researched the politics and regulation of extractive industries, environmental knowledge in court, indigenous livelihoods, climate justice, and pedagogy in environmental studies. 

Before joining USF, Dr. Rubiano-Galvis completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in environmental and science studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked and collaborated with various environmental, indigenous, and human rights organizations in Latin America.


  • Global environmental politics
  • Science and technology studies
  • Political ecology
  • Environmental history

Research Areas

  • Politics of environmental knowledge and technology
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Social studies of toxics, pollution, and extractive industries
  • Energy and climate justice
  • Latin America


  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management, 2022
  • Universidad de los Andes, MA in Geography, 2014
  • Universidad de los Andes, LLB (JD eq.), 2011

Prior Experience

  • Research Director of the Environmental Justice program, Dejusticia, Colombia.
  • Lecturer in environmental law, School of Law, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Service to Community Award. Department of ESPM, UC Berkeley, 2022.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. GSI Teaching and Resource Center, UC Berkeley, 2021-2022.

Selected Publications

  • O’Neill, K & S. Rubiano-Galvis (2023). “Teaching Perspective: Negotiating Climate Change in the UN System.” In S. Jinnah, J. Dubreuil, J. Greene, & S. Foster (eds). Teaching Environmental Politics and Justice: Lessons from the Science of Teaching and Learning. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Rubiano-Galvis, S., J. Diaz & R. Goldstein (2023). “Amalgamated Histories: Tracing quicksilver’s legacy through environmental and political bodies in Andean and Amazonian gold mining.” Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Chemistry and Alchemy, 70(1), 1-24.
  • Rubiano-Galvis, S. & J. Barandiarán (2022). "CTS en América Latina, un mundo en muchos mundos.” Trilogía: Ciencia, Tenología y Sociedad, 14(28), 1-15.
  • Rubiano-Galvis, S. (2022). “Toxicity, Violence, and the Legacies of Mercury and Gold Mining in Colombia.” Platypus, the official blog of the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC).
  • Barandiarán, J. & S. Rubiano-Galvis (2019). “An Empirical Study of EIA Litigation Involving Energy Facilities in Chile and Colombia.” Environmental Impact Assessment Review 79.