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.
Professor Stephens has published widely, including pieces in the Wall Street Journal, The International Spectator, Environmental Science & Technology, the Conversation, and Global Environmental Change. Her bookSmart Grid (R)Evolution: Electric Power Struggles (co-authored with Elizabeth Wilson and Tarla Rai Peterson) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. She has also written extensively about higher education as an agent of change in society. Dr. Stephensis a 2015-2016 Leopold Leadership fellow, and she received a 2017 Arab-American Frontiers Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences.