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. 

Katie Monsen
  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Division Social Sciences Division, Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
    • Rachel Carson College
  • Phone
    831-222-0344
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, Room 471
  • Office Hours Winter 2020: Tues. 9-10 am, Fri. 10:30-11:30, and by appt.
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Agroecology and Agriculture, Sustainability
  • Courses ENVS 23: Physical & Chemical Environment, ENVS 91F & 191F: PICA Seminar, EE80S: Sustainability Engineering & Ecological Design, ENVS 133: Agroecology Practicum, ENVS 167: Freshwater & Wetland Ecology, ENVS 190: Capstone Course: Environmental Problem Solving, CLEI 150A: Sustainability Praxis, ENVS 170: Agriculture & Climate Change, ENVS 166: Agroecosystem Analysis & Watershed Management

Biography, Education and Training

Katie Monsen is a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she teaches a range of  upper- and lower-division courses from the introductory Physical & Chemical Environment to the finale of the Capstone in Environmental Problem Solving, as well as Freshwater and Wetland Ecology, the Agroecology Practicum (with special foci such as irrigation and in urban agriculture), and Agriculture and Climate Change. Katie also teaches a multidisciplinary introduction to sustainability studies in the department of Electrical Engineering, as well as in the new sustainability minor.

Katie's primary goals in teaching are to help her students take a macro-view of complex problems, understanding our environmental challenges -- from freshwater to food systems to energy supply -- as rooted in both natural and social contexts, and to understand that solutions are complex and require creative, flexible thinking. She gets her students outside as much as possible, working with their hands to develop richer understanding, and works to help students overcome fear of math and to create more dynamic presentations. Katie's recent writing projects include an analysis of agroecology and food system teaching methods and lectures on soil biology and chemistry for a sustainable agriculture curriculum.

Katie earned her PhD in Environmental Studies at UCSC, looking at nitrogen dynamics in organic agroecosystems on California's Central Coast. She earned an MS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University, where she researched spatial patterns in remnant tallgrass prairie, to assist with restoration metrics. Her BA in Biology with an emphasis in Chemistry is from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.