Javier is a Ph.D student interested in understanding the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals in Colombia and other parts of Latin America from a historical perspective. He is particularly interested in the history of science done in the 18th century. Javier holds a master’s degree in bioethics and his undergraduate studies were in biology. Before joining the Ph.D program in History at Rutgers, he worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Bioethics of the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, where he taught courses on environmental and animal ethics.