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Dr. Sikina Jinnah is an Associate Professor of Politics at University of California at Santa Cruz, and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power and influence in global environmental governance, in particular in the areas of climate change, climate engineering, and the nexus between international trade and environmental politics.  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.

She is currently working on a second monograph, “Trading the Environment,” which examines how preferential trade agreements influence environmental politics, as well as a series of articles related to governance of climate engineering. She is also the series editor (with Simon Nicholson) of a new book series with MIT Press, entitled One Planet. Prior to coming to UCSC Dr. Jinnah was an Assistant and Associate Professor of International Relations at American University’s School of International Service and a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. She earned her PhD from U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Politics, is on the editorial board for the journal Global Environmental Politics, is a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance project, and is a member of the Academic Working Group on International Governance of Climate Engineering at the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, and serves on that organization’s Advisory Board. Dr. Jinnah’s research has also been published in several scholarly journals, including: Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of Environment and Development, Environmental Research Letters, Berkeley Journal of International Law Publicist, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Global Governance, Climate Policy, and Science.

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  • Jinnah, Sikina. 2014. Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance. MIT Press.
  • Nicholson, Simon and Sikina Jinnah (eds.) 2016. New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene. 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 Community 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.

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