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Luis Rubén González Márquez

Dissertation Fellow
UC Merced

Luis Rubén González Márquez is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Merced. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of El Salvador and master’s degrees in sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Science in Ecuador and the University of California, Merced. He worked as a researcher at the National Teachers Training Institute (INFOD) of El Salvador and Adjunct Professor in the Social Science School of the University of El Salvador. Luis Rubén received a Fulbright-LASPAU scholarship for his graduate studies in 2019–2021 and a Dissertation Improvement Award Grant from the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation (ASA-DDRIG) in 2023–2024. His research interests are popular mobilization, political violence, labor, and environmental inequalities in the Global South. His dissertation examines the escalation of conflicts in the extraction of renewable energies, based on a comparative-historical analysis of hydroelectric dam large projects in Central America.

Proposal Title: Dynamics of Contention Escalation on Renewable Energy Extraction in the Global South: Hydroelectric Dams in Central America, 1973–2019

Luis Ruben Gonzalez Marquez

Expertise & Interests

  • Popular mobilization
  • Political violence
  • Labor
  • Environmental inequalities
  • Global South