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. 

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Research Interests

My main research interests at the moment are:

  • Large-scale magnetohydrodynamics of the solar interior
  • Modeling large-scale flows in stellar interior
  • Modeling turbulent convection
  • Understanding the properties of fingering convection, with applications to oceanography and astrophysics
  • Understanding the properties of double-diffusive convection, with applications to astrophysics
  • Modeling stratified shear flows in stars
  • Modeling the dynamics of dust particles in proto-stellar disks

Biography, Education and Training

Undegraduate: 1992-1996: Maitrise de Physique, Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (France).


  • 1996-1997: Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, Cambridge, UK
  • 1997-2001: PhD in Astrophysics, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK


  • 2001-2002: New Hall Research Fellowship at DAMTP and IoA, Cambridge, UK
  • 2002-2004: PPARC Research Fellowship, DAMTP, IoA, Cambridge, UK

Permanent positions:

  • 2004-2010: Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics, UCSC. 
  • 2010-2012: Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics, UCSC.
  • 2012-now: Full Professor in Applied Mathematics, UCSC.

See my website for more about me. 

Teaching Interests

I teach a number of classes in Applied Mathematics from the introductory undergraduate level to the advanced graduate level: 

  • Precalculus: AMS3/MATH3
  • Calculus: MATH11A/AMS15A/AMS15B
  • Applied Mathematical Methods I: AMS212A
  • Applied Mathematical Methods II: AMS212B
  • Numerical methods: AMS213
  • Dynamical Systems: AMS114/AMS214
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics: AMS227