William San Martín is a Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History with a minor in World History at the University of California, Davis. He is native from Chile and former Fulbright Scholar. William is a Visiting Scholar at the Program in Science, Technology and Society and the History Section at MIT.
William has specialized in social and political history and, more recently, in science and environmental history. He has received training in geospatial analysis, legal history, environmental law and policy, environmental humanities, and science communication. From these various fields, William has been studying the practices and politics of knowledge production within different temporal and spatial scales. Today, his primary interests are the intersections between science, environment change, and public policy on a local and global perspective.
His dissertation, Nitrogen Revolutions: Science, Policy and the Challenge of Sustainability in Chile, combines these academic backgrounds from both a local and transnational perspective. Based on scientific findings, official documents from Chilean and American institutions, and oral interviews with scientists and politicians, his research studies the scientific and political debate on the efficient use of nitrogen fertilizers and their environmental effects in Chile during the second half of the 20th century up until the present day. Nitrogen Revolutions offers not only a fresh perspective on Chile’s experience of agricultural modernization and environmental transformation but also contributes to ongoing global debates about agricultural sustainability and environmental protection.
William holds a B.A. (2006) and M.A. (2011) in History from Universidad Católica de Chile. He served as a part-time lecturer in the History Department and School of Education at the same institution, and at the Social Sciences Department at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. He was an instructor for the Educational Program for Gifted Youth PENTA UC, Senior TA and facilitator for the Center for Teacher Development, and Academic Coordinator for the adult school volunteer project BELEN UC at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
In California, William served as a translator for The California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), translation assessor for the California Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP), Vice-President of Chilean Students' Association at UCDavis, and General Content and Program Coordinator for the Fourth Annual Chile-California Conference 2015. William is also Co-founder of ConScientiaGroup, an international non-profit organization focused on science communication about environmental and animal welfare issues in Chile (www.conscientiagroup.org/english).