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 Writing, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Ethics
  • Courses Academic Literacy and Ethos: Environment and Society; Environment and Society in Film (And from 2000-2009, Self and Society, the Great Books core course at Stevenson College, UCSC)

Biography, Education and Training

Lecturer at Rachel Carson College, UCSC, 2001-present

Lecturer at 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 aviation and high-technology industries for four years prior to graduate school. Positions included union relations, compensation, benefits, communications, and recruiting.