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. 

Neil Schaefer
  • Title
    • Continuing Lecturer
  • Division Undergraduate Education
  • Department
    • Rachel Carson College
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 232
    • Rachel Carson College
  • Office Hours Varies from quarter to quarter
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental Studies, Writing, Philosophy, Ethics
  • Courses - Academic Literacy and Ethos: Environment and Society (Fall Quarters), - Environment and Society in Film (Spring Quarters)

Biography, Education and Training

- Lecturer with a Continuing Appointment, Rachel Carson College, UCSC, 2016-present

- Lecturer, Rachel Carson College, UCSC, 2001-2016

- Lecturer, Stevenson College, UCSC, 2000-2009

- MA and PhD in Philosophy, UMass Amherst, 1998

- BA in Psychology, UCSC, 1984

- BSC in Finance, Santa Clara University, 1983

- Graduate of General Electric Company's Human Resources Leadership Program, 1985

- I worked in HR in the high-technology, aviation, and nuclear energy industries for four years prior to graduate school. Positions included union relations, compensation, benefits, communications, and recruiting.

Teaching Interests

Environmental Studies, Academic Literacy and Ethos, Writing, Environmental Films, Philosophy, and the world’s “Great Books”.