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. 

Nathaniel Deutsch
  • Title
    • Director of the Institute for Humanities Research
    • Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
    • Professor and Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations History of Consciousness Department, Jewish Studies, Literature Department, Stevenson College
  • Phone
    831-459-1924 (Message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 515 Humanities 1
    • 331 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Winter 2020: Tue. and Th., 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Please contact me by email in advance to make an appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Religion and Secularism, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, African American / Black Studies, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ethnography
  • Courses HIS 107, Religion and Modernity; HIS 196M, Shtetl: Eastern European Jewish Life; HIS 257, Shtetl: Eastern European Jewish Life; HIS 178A, Eighteenth Century European Intellectual History

Summary of Expertise

Modern Jewish history; Hasidism; African American Islam; history of eugenics in the United States

Research Interests

Currently examining the history of early Jewish ethnography

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Honors, Awards and Grants

Guggenheim Fellow
National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Honorable Mention, Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians for Best Book in Social and/or Intellectual History