Jennie C. Stephens
Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy; Director of Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute
Jennie C. Stephens’ research, teaching, and community engagement focus on social-political aspects of renewable energy transformation, energy democracy, climate resilience, reducing fossil-fuel reliance, gender diversity in energy and climate, and social, economic and racial justice in climate and energy policy. Before coming to Northeastern, she taught at University of Vermont, Clark University, Tufts and MIT.
- Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences, 2017
- Leopold Leadership Fellowship, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. 2015-2016
- Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) Conference Award. April 2014
- Faculty Community Engagement Award, Colleges of Worcester Consortium. March, 2013
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of IDCE, Clark University. May 2011
- Exceptional Merit Faculty Award, Clark University, 2008
- USEPA 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, 1994-1995
- Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy (Island Press, 2020)
- Stephens, JC, EJ Wilson, TR Peterson. 2015. Smart Grid (R)Evolution: Electric Power Struggles. Cambridge University Press.
- Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History. 2013. Editors: BC Black, DM Hassenzahl, JC Stephens, G Weisel, & N Gift. ABC-Clio Publishers. Santa Barbara, CA.
- Stephens, JC & Kevin Surprise. 2020. The Hidden Injustices of Advancing Solar Geoengineering Research. Global Sustainability. 3, E2. doi:10.1017/sus.2019.28
- Stephens, JC. 2019. “Energy Democracy: Redistributing Power to the People Through Renewable Transformation AU – Stephens, Jennie C.” Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 61(2): 4-13.
- Healy, N JC Stephens & S Malin. 2019. Embodied Energy Injustices: Unveiling and politicizing the transboudary harms of fossil fuel extractivism and fossil fuel supply chains. Energy Research & Social Science. Vol 48, p 219-234
- Massol-Deyá, A., JC Stephens and JL Colón. 2018. “Renewable energy for Puerto Rico.” Science 362(6410): 7-7.
- Stephens JC, Frumhoff PC, Yona L 2018. “The role of college and university faculty in the fossil fuel divestment movement.” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Vol 6, No. 1. p. 41.
- Stephens, JC, M. J. Burke, B. Gibian, E. Jordi, R. Watts. 2018. “Operationalizing Energy Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities in Vermont’s Renewable Energy Transformation.” Frontiers in Communication Vol 3, 43.
- Burke, M & JC Stephens. 2018. “Political Power and Renewable Energy Futures: A Critical Review”. Energy Research & Social Science. V. 35. p. 78-93
- Frumhoff, PC & JC Stephens. 2018. “Towards Legitimacy of the Solar Geoengineering Research Enterprise.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. Vol. 376
- Pearl-Martinez, R & JC Stephens. 2016. “Toward a Gender Diverse Workforce in the Renewable Energy Transition.” Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 12(1).
- Stephens, JC, EJ Wilson, TR Peterson 2014. “Socio-Political Evaluation of Energy Deployment (SPEED): A Framework Applied to Smart Grid.” UCLA Law Review 61(6): 1930-1961
- Stephens, JC, A Hansson, Y Liu, H de Coninck, S Vajjhala. 2011. “Characterizing the International Carbon Capture and Storage Community.” Global Environmental Change. 21: 379-390
- EJ Wilson and JC Stephens. 2009. “Wind in a Carbon-Managed World: States, Resources, Policy and Discourse.” Environmental Science and Technology 43 (24): 9063–907
- Stephens, JC, EJ Wilson, and TR Peterson. 2008. “Socio-Political Evaluation of Energy Deployment (SPEED): An Integrated Research Framework for Analysis of Energy Technology Deployment.” Technological Forecasting and Social Change 75: 1224–1246
- Stephens, JC and DW Keith, 2008. “Assessing Geochemical Carbon Management.” Climatic Change. 90 (3): 217-242
- Stephens, JC, ME Hernandez, M Román, AC Graham, & RW Scholz. 2008. “Education as a Change Agent for Sustainability in Different Cultures and Contexts.” International Journal for Sustainability in Higher Education. 9 (3): 317-338
- SCORAI (Sustainable Consumption Research Action Initiative)
- New England Women in Energy & Environment
- Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
- Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E)
- Society for Risk Analysis
- Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- American Educational Research Assoc. (AERA)
- American Association of Geographers (AAG)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- Association for Environmental Studies & Science (AESS)
- Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM)
- International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS)
PhD, California Institute of Technology, Environmental Science and Engineering
MS, California Institute of Technology, Environmental Science and Engineering
BA, Harvard University, Environmental Science and Public Policy
360C Renaissance Park,
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
Energy Democracy and Climate Resilience: Technology, Policy & Social Change
This course explores energy transitions from fossil fuels to renewables within the context of climate resilience. A socio-technical systems perspective is applied, with an emphasis on social innovations in energy systems for climate resilience and the interconnections among technology, policy, and social change.
Jennie C.’s Colleagues
Associate Professor of Political Science
Amílcar Antonio Barreto
Professor & Interim Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor, Political Science; Professor, International Affairs
Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor Emeritus of Political Economy; Founding Director of the Dukakis Center; Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Professor of Public Policy; Associate Director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Stephen E. Flynn
Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute
James Alan Fox
Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy
Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy
Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Public Policy
Associate Professor of Political Science
University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design
Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies