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. 

Michele Bigley
  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Division Undergraduate Education
  • Department
    • Writing Program
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 208
  • Office Hours 5pm-6pm Thursdays, Via Zoom and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Stevenson College
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Writing

Biography, Education and Training

Michele Bigley is the two time Lowell Thomas award-winning author of over forty travel books, including Fodor's Hawaii, and Backroads and Byways of Northern California. She regularly contributes to the Los Angeles Times, Afar, Via, Catamaran, Utne Reader, Kia Ora, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Rand McNally, and many more.  

Honors, Awards and Grants

Lowell Thomas award for travel writing 2016, 2018

Selected Publications

Backroads and Byways of Northern California (Countryman Press, 2010)

Backroads and Byways of Hawaii (Countryman Press, 2012)

Northern California: An Explorer's Guide (Countryman Press, 2008, 2011)


Teaching Interests

Place-based writing, Rhetoric, Social Justice literature and writing, journalism