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. 

Eve C Zyzik
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Phone
    831-459-3420 (office), 831-459-2609 (msg)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 131
  • Office Hours Winter 2020: Monday 2:00-3:30
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Humanities Academic Services
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Heritage Languages; Spanish as a Heritage Language; Language Development; Bilingualism, Multilingualism
  • Courses SPAN 150: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, SPAN 114: Advanced Conversation and Composition, SPAN 153: Spanish as a Second Language, APLX 101: Second Language Acquisition, APLX 135/235: Second Language Teaching

Research Interests

Spanish linguistics; second language acquisition; cognitive linguistics; usage-based theory of language acquisition; heritage languages; language pedagogy and curriculum design.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics, UC Davis (2004)

Selected Publications


  • Blake, R., & Zyzik, E. (2016). El español y la lingüística aplicada. Georgetown University Press. 
  • Zyzik, E., & Polio, C. (2017). Authentic materials myths: Applying second language research to classroom teaching. University of Michigan Press.