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. 

Madeleine Fairbairn
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Community Studies Program, Science & Justice Research Center, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-502-7645
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 426
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Agroecology and Agriculture, Sociology of Development, Environmental Justice
  • Courses ENVS 130B Principles of Sustainable Agriculture, ENVS 100/L Ecology and Society, ENVS 80F Introduction to Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Summary of Expertise

Agro-food systems, environmental sociology, political ecology, globalization and development, ownership and access to land

 

Research Interests

I do qualitative sociological research on the political economy of the global agro-food system. I am particularly interested in how transnational economic processes shape access to food, land, and other natural resources globally. My current projects explore the financial sector's growing interest in buying farmland, as well as the dynamics of the agri-food technology sector. My first book, Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush, was released in 2020 by Cornell University Press. 

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Development Sociology/Natural Resource Management, Cornell University

Selected Publications

Book

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2020. Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 

 

Articles

Fairbairn, Madeleine, James LaChance, Kathryn De Master, and Loka Ashwood. (Forthcoming.) “In vino veritas, in aqua lucrum: Farmland investment, environmental uncertainty, and groundwater access in California’s Cuyama Valley.” Agriculture and Human Values.

Ashwood, Loka, John Canfield, Madeleine Fairbairn, and Kathryn De Master. 2020. “What owns the land: The corporate organization of farmland investment.” Journal of Peasant Studies

Egerer, Monika and Madeleine Fairbairn. 2018. "Gated gardens: Effects of urbanization on community formation and commons management in community gardens." Geoforum 96: 61-

Kish, Zenia and Madeleine Fairbairn. 2018. "Investing for profit, investing for impact: Moral performances in agricultural investment projects." Environment and Planning A. 50(3): 569-588. 

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2015 “Foreignization, financialization, and land grab regulation.” Journal of Agrarian Change. 15(4): 581-591.

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2015. “Finance and the agro-food system.” Pp.232-248 in Alessandro Bonanno and Lawrence Busch, eds., Handbook of International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2014 “‘Like gold with yield’: Evolving intersections between farmland and finance.” Journal of Peasant Studies. 41(5): 777-795.

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2014. “‘Just another asset class’?: Neoliberalism, finance and the construction of farmland investment.” Pp. 245-262 in Alessandro Bonanno and Steven Wolf, eds., The Neoliberal Regime in the Agri-Food Sector: Crisis, Resilience and Restructuring. London: Earthscan.

Fairbairn, Madeleine, Jonathan Fox, S. Ryan Isakson, Michael Levien, Nancy Peluso, Shahra Razavi, Ian Scoones, and K. Sivaramakrishnan. 2014. “Global agrarian transformations: New directions in agrarian political economy.” (Editorial introduction to special issue.) Journal of Peasant Studies. 41(5): 777-795.

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2013. “Indirect dispossession: Domestic power imbalances and foreign access to land in Mozambique.” Development and Change. 44(2): 335-356.

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2012. “Framing transformation: The counter-hegemonic potential of food sovereignty in the U.S. context.” Agriculture and Human Values. 29(2): 217-230.

Fairbairn, Madeleine. 2010. “Framing resistance: International food regimes and the roots of food sovereignty.” Pp. 15-32 in Hannah Wittman, Annette Desmarais, and Nettie Wiebe, eds., Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community.  Point Black, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing.