Juan Manuel Rubio is a scholar of capitalism, labor, and the environment. His work focuses primarily on the history of the mining industry and the struggles of those touched by its environmental legacy. He is currently working on a book about a series of environmental conflicts connected to the rise of industrial copper mining in central Peru (1880 - 1930). In addition to studying the social history of miners, mine-owners, transnational capitalists, and Indigenous communities during this period, Rubio researches the impact of the mining industry on disadvantaged communities today. Through community-based collaborations with public health scholars and environmental activists, Rubio is doing scientific research on the sources of lead contamination in California and its connection to histories of capitalism, corporate science, and environmental racism.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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