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 A. Wilson
  • Title
    • Teaching Professor (Senate Faculty) Emeritus
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Humanities Division
    • Writing Program
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  • Mail Stop Cowell Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses Cowell 80A, ELWR-sat and unsat, & 80B; Writing 20, 21, and 23; Writing 2; Writing 106; Writing 109; Writing 161; Writing 163; Writing 203

Summary of Expertise

Modern European literary, artistic, intellectual, and political movements (especially of France, Italy, and Spain); poetry of Ezra Pound; Provencal; Chinese poetry and philosophy; translation; argument in popular culture; the rhetoric of sports; contemporary France and Italy; composition pedagogy.

Research Interests

Modernism; translation; poetry of Ezra Pound; field work on current French and Italian cultural issues; multilingual pedagogy

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., UC Berkeley (Comparative Literature: British & American Modernism, French & Chinese Medievalism)

Teaching Interests

Public speaking; argument in popular culture; medical and mental health, including addiction and recovery; the rhetoric of sports; contemporary France and Italy; courses for ELWR-unsatisfied and ESL, L2, Generation 1.5, and international students.