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Director of SPPUA, Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy, and Director of Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute

Jennie C. Stephens is the Director of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy. She is also the Director for Strategic Research Collaborations at Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute. Her 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. She earned her PhD and MS at the California Institute of Technology in Environmental Science & Engineering and her BA at Harvard in Environmental Science & Public Policy.

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  • 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.


  • 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)
  • Education

    PhD, 2002, Caltech, Environmental Science & Engineering

  • Contact

  • Address

    360C Renaissance Park,
    360 Huntington Avenue,
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    By appointment


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Jennie C.’s Colleagues

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Barry Bluestone

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

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Christopher Bosso

Professor of Public Policy; Associate Director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy; Director, PhD Program in Law and Public Policy; Senior Research Associate, Dukakis Center

William Dickens

University Distinguished Professor of Economics & Social Policy

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Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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James Alan Fox

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

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Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy

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Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Public Policy

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Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Gavin Shatkin

Director, MS in Urban Planning and Policy & MA, International Affairs; Professor of Public Policy & Architecture.

Thomas J. Vicino

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Lori Gardinier

Director and Teaching Professor, Human Services Program

Emily Mann

Emily Mann

Teaching Professor of Human Services

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Alicia Sasser Modestino

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center

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Daniel T. O'Brien

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director, Boston Area Research Initiative

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