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 M Smith
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Physics Department
    • Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP)
  • Phone
    831-459-2183
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-5777
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 321 Nat Sci II
  • Mail Stop SCIPP
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St. SCIPP mailstop
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Atmospheric Science, Astrophysics
  • Courses Physics 134, Physics 6A, Physics 5A, Physics 133, Physics 2, Physics 291F, Physics 182, Physics 5B

Research Interests

High-energy processes in astrophysical sources (particularly x-ray binaries), terrestrial lightning, Earth's radiation belts, and solar flares via observations of x-ray and gamma-ray emission. Design and construction of instruments to fly on spacecraft, aircraft and stratospheric balloons and observations with existing NASA satellites.