Dustin Welch García

Ph.D. 2018, Ph.D. Candidate (2014 Cohort)
Dustin Welch

Dissertation Project

NGOs, Ghost Grids, and End-Users: Rural Energy Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships in Peru

Professional Background

Founder of NGO dedicated to solar energy projects in rural Peru


Spanish, Qualitative Methods



Dustin Welch García has spent much of his life studying the Spanish language and exploring social and economic inequalities of Latin America. In 2009, he co-founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to conduct off-grid solar projects in rural Peru. His research asks when and why NGO-led electrification projects catalyze innovation in large-scale, public-private energy initiatives in rural Peru. His project offers an ethnography of the policy contact zone between state and non-state actors, both in the capital city and selected rural field sites. Dustin earned his B.A. in Spanish Language from Western Washington University and earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, US Dept of Education, 2016-2017
  • Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship, Inter-American Foundation, 2016-2017
  • Graduate School Fund for Excellence & Innovation Travel Grant,University of Washington – Graduate School, 2016
  • Clean Energy Institute Fellowship,University of Washington – Clean Energy Institute, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Fellow in Environmental Politics and Governance, University of Washington – Center for Environmental Politics, 2014-2016
  • Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Research, University of Washington – Graduate School, 2015
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Washington– Graduate School, 2014-2015
  • Tinker-Nave Field Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies [FLAS] Fellowship for Quechua, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2007

Post Graduation


Latest Dustin Welch García News