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. 

Chris Benner
  • Title
    • Professor
    • Dorothy E. Everett Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship Chair, and Director, Everett Program
    • Director, Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Institute for Social Transformation
  • Phone
    530-574-7585 (Cell)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 461
    • Everett Program Office, 47 Social Sciences II Bldg
  • Office Hours Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-11:00; and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Environmental Justice, Globalization
  • Courses SOCY 30A Intro to Global Info and Soc Enterprise Studies, SOCY 107A Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise, SOCY 107B Project Implementation & Grant Writing

Summary of Expertise

Urban and economic geography, urban political ecology, technology and social change, environmental justice, sustainable communities, inclusive economies, city and regional planning

Biography, Education and Training

Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Rooted in an urban political ecology approach, his research examines the relationships between technological change, urban and regional development, and structures of economic opportunity.