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. 

Minghui Hu
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations East Asian Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-5270 (office)
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-1925
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 536 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Fall 2020: Wednesday 10-11am and by appointment; email in advance to set up Zoom meeting during office hours.
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise History, Asian Studies, China, Communism, History of Science, Chinese, History of Philosophy, Pacific Rim, Taiwan, Science Studies
  • Courses HIstory 40A: Early Modern East Asia; History 140B: The Rise and Fall of the Qing Empire; History 194M: Literati, Samurai, and Yangban: History of Elite Formation in East Asia; History 230A: Readings in Late Imperial China; History 101D: Topics in World History of Science

Research Interests

Early Modern China (1600-1900), Intellectual history of modern China. History of science and technology in China.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., History, UCLA
MS, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
BS, Civil Engineering, Tamkang University

Honors, Awards and Grants

Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, 2003-05
Chiang Ching-kuo Cultural Exchange Foundation Junior Scholar Grant, 2006
Andrew Mellon Fellowship, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge University, 2007
UCSC Academic Senate Committee on Research Grant, 2007
UCSC Institute for Humanities Research fellowship, 2007
UCSC Academic Senate Committee on Research Grant, 2008
Ricci Institute Research Fellowship at the University of San Francisco, 2009
Academia Sinica Research Grant, 2010-13
Chiang Ching-kuo Conference grant, 2011-2012

Selected Publications

Hu, Minghui. “The Scholar’s Robe: Material Culture and Political Power in Early Modern China.Frontier of History in China 11.3 (September 2016): 339–375.

Hu, Minghui, and Elverskog, Johan (eds). Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600-1950. Cambria Sinophone World Series. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2016.

Hu, Minghui. China's Transition to Modernity: The New Classical Vision of Dai Zhen. Seattle, Wash.: Univ. of Washington Press, 2015.