Politics Faculty

Sikina Jinnah
  • Title
    • Associate Professor of Politics
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department
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  • Office Location
    • Merrill Annex 164
  • Mail Stop Division Of Social Sciences
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental Policy, International and Global Affairs, Climate Change, Politics
  • Courses Taught Politics 190U -Global Climate Politics, Politics 162 - Trade-Environment Politics, Politics 170 - International Relations and the Environment, PhD Seminar - Special Topics in Global Environmental Politic Agency Beyond the State

Summary of Expertise

Dr. Jinnah's 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. 

Her first book ("Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance," MIT Press 2014) received the 2016 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book in international environmental affairs from the International Studies Association. The book examines the role of international bureaucracies in managing the politics of overlapping international regimes in the areas of biodiversity, climate change and international trade. Her second book (with Simon Nicholson), "New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene" (MIT Press 2016) engages leading scholars in a discussion of the role of global environmental politics in the age of the Anthropocene. She is currently working on a third book, "Trading the Environment," which examines the role of preferential trade agreements in securing environmental objectives. Dr. Jinnah's research has also been published in several scholarly journals, including: Global Environmental Politics, Global Governance, the Journal of Environment and DevelopmentEnvironmental Research LettersBerkeley Journal of International Law PublicistGeorgetown International Environmental Law Review, and Science. You can learn more about Dr. Jinnah’s work at: www.sikinajinnah.com.



Biography, Education and Training

Dr. Jinnah is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department at UCSC where she works on global environmental governance. She is also an Affiliated Faculty member at American University's School of International Service, a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance Project, and an affiliated faculty member with the UCSC Environmental Studies department. She sits on the Board of Advisors for the Forum for Climate Engineering Assesment, the Editorial Board of Global Environmental Politics, and co-edits the journal Environmental Politics. Her first book, Post-Treaty Politics (MIT Press 2014), was the 2016 recipient of the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award from the International Studies Association. She was also the recipient of an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2017 for her work on climate engineering governance.


PhD U.C. Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

MS University of Montana, Missoula Department of Environmental Studies

B.A. (honors) U.C. Berkeley Environmental Science

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2016 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book in international environmental affairs (for Post-treaty Politics), International Studies Association 
  • 2014 William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching, American University School of International Service 
  • Additional awards and honors are listed here: http://www.sikinajinnah.com/awards--honors.html

Selected Publications


Jinnah, Sikina. 2014. Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance.  MIT Press.

Nicholson, Simon and Jinnah, Sikina (eds). 2016. New Earth Politics. MIT Press. 


Nicholson, Simon, Sikina Jinnah, and Alexander Gillespie. 2018. “Solar Radiation Management: A Proposal for Immediate Polycentric Governance” Climate Politics 18(3):322-334.


Jean-Frédéric Morin and Jinnah, Sikina. “The Untapped Potential of Preferential Trade Agreements for Climate Governance” Environmental Politics. DOI 10.1080/09644016.2017.1421399


Jinnah, Sikina and Douglas Bushey. (2017) “Bringing Politics into SAI.”  Journal of Ethics in International Affairs. 31(4):1-5.


Jinnah, Sikina. (2017) “Makers, Takers, Shakers, Shapers: Emerging Economies and Normative Engagement in Climate Governance” Global Governance. 23(2):285-306.

Jinnah, Sikina and Abby Lindsay (2016). “Diffusion through Issue Linkage: Environmental Norms in U.S. Trade Agreements” Global Environmental Politics 16(3):41-61

Jinnah, Sikina and Abby Lindsay. (2015). “Secretariat Influence on Trade-Environment Politics: NAFTA’s Commission on Environmental Cooperation” Review of Policy Research. 32(1): 124-145.

Jinnah, Sikina and Elisa Morgera. (2013) “Environmental Provisions in US and EU Trade Agreements: A Comparative Analysis” Review of European Comparative and International Environmental Law. 22(3): 224-339.

Jinnah, Sikina. (2011) “Climate Change Bandwagoning: The Impacts of Strategic Linkages on Regime Design, Maintenance, and Death” Global Environmental Politics. 11(3):1-9.

Jinnah, Sikina. (2011) “Marketing Linkages: Secretariat Governance of the Climate-Biodiversity Interface” Global Environmental Politics. 11(3): 23-43.

Jinnah, Sikina. (2011) “Strategic Linkages: The Evolving Role of Trade Agreements in Global Environmental Governance” Journal of Environment and Development. 20(2): 191-215.

Jinnah, Sikina and Julia Kennedy. (2011) “A New Era of Trade-Environment Politics: Learning from US Leadership and its Consequences Abroad” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations. XII(1):95-109.

Bushey, Douglas and Sikina Jinnah. (2010) Evolving Responsibility? The Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility in the UNFCCC," Berkeley Journal of International Law Publicist 28(6):1-10.

Jinnah, Sikina. (2010) “Overlap Management in the World Trade Organization: Secretariat Influence on Trade-Environment Politics,” Global Environmental Politics. 11(2): 54-79.

Jinnah, Sikina, Douglas Bushey, Miquel Muñoz, and Kati Kulovesi. (2009) “Tripping Points: Barriers and Bargaining Chips on the Road to Copenhagen,”Environmental Research Letters. (4): 1-6.

Jinnah, Sikina and Stefan Jungcurt. (2009) Could Access Requirements Stifle Your Research?”  Science. 323(5913): 644-645.  

Jinnah, Sikina. (2003) “Emissions Trading Under the Kyoto Protocol: NAFTA and WTO Concerns,”Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.15(1): 709-761.


Jinnah, Sikina. 2016. "Climate." Why Govern? Amitav Acharya (ed.)  Cambridge University Press.

Jinnah, Sikina and Abby Lindsay. “Navigating NAFTA’s Environmental Provisions: The Role of the Secretariat” inTrilateral Ecopolitics: Continuity and Change in Canadian-American-Mexican Environmental Relations. Peter Stoett and Owen Temby (eds.) Under review at Albany: SUNY Press, expected publication 2017.

Jinnah, Sikina and Goueun Lee. (2014) “Diplomacy and Environmental Policy: Endangered Species and Others at Risk (1950s-present)” in The Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy, Sally Fairfax and Ed Russell (eds.) Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Pres

Jinnah, Sikina. (2013) “Overlap Management in the World Trade Organization: Secretariat Influence on Trade-Environment Politics” in Institutional Aspects of International Trade Law,Tomer Broude and Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin (eds.) London, UK: Ashgate.

Jinnah, Sikina. (2012) “Trade-Environment Politics: The Emerging Role of Regional Trade Agreements” InHandbook of Global Environmental Politics, Peter Dauvergne (ed.) Cheltenham, UK and Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing. 386-402

Jinnah, Sikina. (2012) “Singing the Unsung: The Key Role of Secretariats in Global Environmental Politics” InThe Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations, Pamela Chasek and Lynn Wagner (eds.) London: Routledge Press.

Jinnah, Sikina and Alexandra Conliffe. (2012) “Climate Change Bandwagoning: Impacts of Climate Change on Global Environmental Governance” In The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations , Pamela Chasek and Lynn Wagner (eds.) London: Routledge Press.

Wright, Heather and Sikina Jinnah. (2010)“Effectiveness, Efficiency and Equity in REDD Implementation: What Can We Learn from Past Experience?” In Advances in Environmental Research Volume 7. Justin A. Daniels (Ed.), 1-7. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 

Jinnah, Sikina. (2010) “The World Trade Organization,” In Green Politics, Paul Robbins, Dustin Mulvaney, and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.), 441-444. Thousand Oaks: Sage Reference. 

Jinnah, Sikina. (2009) “The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species,” In The Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Steven I. Dutch (Ed.), 281-283.Pasadena: Salem Press. 

Jinnah, Sikina. (2009) “The Convention on Biological Diversity,” In The Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Steven I. Dutch (Ed.), 279-281. Pasadena: Salem Press.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Jinnah teaches courses on global climate change politics, international environmental politics, and global governance.