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. 

James E Davis
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Computer Science and Engineering Department
  • Phone
    831-459-1841
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Jack Baskin Engineering Building, N/A
    • Engineering 2, Room 363
  • Office Hours Thur 11am-12pm
  • Mail Stop SOE3

Research Interests

  • ICTD
  • Technology for global social issues
  • Human computation
  • Computational photography
  • Computer vision
  • Computer graphics

Biography, Education and Training

  • James Davis is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2002, and was previously a senior research scientist at Honda Research Institute. His existing research expertise is in computer graphics, machine vision, and sensing systems for building digital models of the real world, work that has resulted in over 80 peer-reviewed publications, patents, and invited talks, received best paper awards at ICRA 2003, ICCV 2009, and an NSF CAREER award. His research has been commercialized by companies including Sony and PrenticeHall. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at UCSC, and sits on advisory councils for a handful of startups and nonprofits. He is now interested in research applying technology to address global social issues, and has developed an award winning course around this theme.