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. 

Patrick McKercher
  • Title
    • Lecturer Writing
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Writing Program
  • Phone
    831-459-2083, 831-459-3516
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 125 Rachel Carson College
  • Office Hours T 2-3 Th 8:45-9:40 & by appt. TTh (Fall 2019)
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses College 8 Core, Writing 2: Creating Green (entrepreneurship) and Big History, Technical Writing, Electronic Discourse

Summary of Expertise

Metaphor, symbolic systems, General Systems Theory, Rhetoric, teaching writing

Research Interests

James Burke's Knowledge Web (k-web.org), metaphor, symbolic systems, General Systems Theory, environmental studies, 3D VR immersive systems, network analysis

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Linguistics and Literature

Honors, Awards and Grants

Multiple technology innovation grants

Teaching Interests

Environment, technology, Big History