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. 

David Draper
  • Title
    • Professor Of Statistics
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Statistics Department
  • Affiliations Baskin School of Engineering, Rachel Carson College
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Engineering Building 2, 537A
    • Baskin Engineering, Room 357C
  • Office Hours (by email appointment)
  • Mail Stop SOE2
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street, University of California
    • Santa Cruz CA 95060
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Statistics, Big Data, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Cloud Computing, Computational Economics, Machine Learning, Mathematical Modeling, Philosophy of Science, Supercomputing

Biography, Education and Training

  • David Draper is a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (in the Baskin School of Engineering) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). He received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley, and has since taught and worked on research projects at the University of Chicago; the RAND Corporation; the University of Washington; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Bath (U.K.); the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland); and UCSC. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Royal Statistical Society. His research concerns methodological developments in Bayesian statistics, with particular emphasis on hierarchical modeling, Bayesian nonparametric methods, model specification and model uncertainty, quality assessment, risk assessment, and applications in the environmental, medical, and social sciences; he is the author or co-author of 92 contributions to the research literature (4 books, 45 journal articles, 2 letters, 6 book chapters, 2 book reviews, 3 encyclopedia articles, 28 invited discussions and 2 contributed discussions). Since 1993 he has been PI or co-PI on 18 grants totaling about $5.0 million. From 2001 to 2007 he served as the founding chair of the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at UCSC, and in 2002 he was President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. From 1994 to the present he has given 34 short courses on Bayesian methods and applications in Brazil, Canada, Finland, Greece, India, New Zealand, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.. Two of these short courses won Excellence in Continuing Education awards from the American Statistical Association; he has also won campus-wide teaching awards at the University of Chicago and UCSC. Since 1993 he has given 63 invited, special invited or plenary talks at major research conferences and leading statistics departments in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S. He has been an Associate Editor for 6 leading journals, and he has organized or co-organized 6 international research conferences. Since 1991 he has mentored 17 graduate students to M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees at universities in Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., and he has supervised 3 post-doctoral research associates at Bath and UCSC. From 1980 to the present he has taught more than 7,000 undergraduates and 650 graduate students in 73 classes and 28 individual graduate student supervisions at 8 universities in Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. He has a particular interest (a) in developing new statistical methodologies in the context of solving important real problems and (b) in effectively communicating complex statistical and scientific ideas to diverse audiences.