Rachel Carson College Faculty Fellows

Sikina Jinnah

Sikina Jinnah is Rachel Carson College's new faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Jinnah is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department, an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department, and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power and influence in global environmental governance, and in particular the role of transnational actors in environmental decision-making. Her most recent projects examine how key norms in global climate politics shape power relations, the role of U.S. preferential trade agreements in shaping environmental policy in trading partner nations, and the politics of climate engineering governance. 

Andrew S. Mathews
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Anthropology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Environmental Studies Department, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-2080, 831-429-2080
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-5900
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 1, 325
  • Mail Stop Social Sciences 1 Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses ANTH 130J Statemaking in Latin America; ANTH 194U Senior Seminar in Environmental Anthropology; ANTH 160 States, Bureaucracies and Other Cosmological Propositions; ANTH 4 Communicating Anthropology; ANTH 233 Politics of Nature

Research Interests

My research focuses on the culture of environmental institutions and the links between local communities and national and global levels of power and knowledge. I recently completing a book on conservation and forest management in Mexico: "Instituting Nature: Authority, Expertise and Power in Mexican Forests, 1926-2001", MIT Press 2011".This book focuses on the history and culture of state forestry institutions and of indigenous forest communities in the state of Oaxaca. In this book I combine theories of statemaking with science and technology studies to argue that the production and management of ignorance are as important as knowledge to the assertion of state power.

In addition to my concern with human/environment relations, I have research and teaching interests in anthropology of bureaucracy and financial markets, anthropology of law and illegality, political ecology, environmental history, landscape history and visual representations of nature, sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies and state building.

Biography, Education and Training

I hold a Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology from the Yale School of Forestry/Yale Anthropology department (2004), a Masters in Forestry from Oxford University (1996), and a BSc. in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds (1991)