Jennie C. Stephens, PhD

Jennie C. Stephens is the Dean’s Professor of jennie_stephens head shot 2017Sustainability Science & Policy and the Associate Director for Strategic Research Collaborations at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.  She is a faculty member in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, affiliated also with the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the department of Cultures, Societies & Global Studies. Her research, teaching, and community engagement focus on strengthening climate and energy resilience, social and political aspects of the renewable energy transition, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, energy democracy, gender in energy and climate, and climate and energy justice. Her unique transdisciplinary approach integrates innovations in social science with science and engineering to promote strengthen societal resilience by promoting social justice, reducing inequalities and redistributing power (electric power, economic power and political power). Among her multiple projects, she explores institutional and cultural innovation in the energy sector, including gender diversity, energy democracy, and technological optimism as well as the “usability” of climate science in climate resilience efforts. Professor Stephens was a 2015-2016 Leopold Leadership fellow, and her book “Smart Grid (R)Evolution: Electric Power Struggles” (Cambridge University Press, 2015) explores social and cultural debates about energy system change (co-authored with Wilson & Peterson). Before coming to Northeastern, Professor Stephens was on the faculty at the University of Vermont (2014-2016) and Clark University (2005-2014). She did post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Kennedy School and she has taught courses at Tufts, Boston University, and MIT. She earned her PhD at Caltech in Environmental Science & Engineering and her BA at Harvard in Environmental Science & Public Policy.

Jennie Stephens’ CV

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  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (2002)                                       Environmental Science and Engineering
  • M.S. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (1998)                                         Environmental Science and Engineering
  • B.A. Harvard University Cambridge, MA (1997)                                                                Environmental Science and Public Policy

Awards and Fellowships

  • Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • Research Leadership Development Initiative, Northeastern, 2016-2017
  • Leopold Leadership Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute of Environmental, 2015-2016
  • Faculty Community Engagement Award, Colleges of the Worcester Consortium, March 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of International Development, Community, & Environment (IDCE), Clark University. May 2011
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for Graduate Study, 1999-2002
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, 1998-1999
  • Harvard College Research Fellowship and Dean’s Research Award, 1996
  • Pforzheimer Student Fellowship, Radcliffe College, 1994-199

Academic Positions

  • Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, Northeastern University (2016-present)
  • Associate Director of Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern (2017-present)
  • Senior Associate Director of Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative NEJRC (2016-present)
  • Associate Professor, Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont (2014-2016)
  • Associate Fellow (2015-present), Tellus Institute, Boston MA USA
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Policy, Clark University (2012-2014)
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Policy, Clark University (2005-2012)
  • Coordinator of Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University (2007-2010, 2011-2012)
  • Research Associate Professor (2012-Present), Research Assistant Professor (2005-2012) Marsh Institute on Human Dimensions of Global-Environmental Change Clark University, Worcester, MA USA
  • Research Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Group (2005-2011, 2013- present) Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA USA
  • Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2002-2005) Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA USA
  • Visiting Lecturer, Environmental Policy Group, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning (2004-2005) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Boston University, Department of Earth Sciences Boston, MA, USA (Summer 2003)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Tufts University, Medford, MA USA (Spring 2003)