Jennie C. Stephens is the Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Professor Stephens’ research, teaching, and community engagement focus on socio-political aspects of energy technology innovation, electricity system change, climate change communication, and facilitating social learning in the transition from fossil-fuel to renewables based energy systems. She has contributed to understanding the social dynamics of wind power, carbon capture and storage, and smart grid, and brings experience in stakeholder engagement and communication among experts, practitioners, academics, and the public.
Professor Stephens was previously on the faculty at Clark University (2005-2014), and she did post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Kennedy School (2002-2005). She earned her PhD (2002) at Caltech in Environmental Science and Engineering and her BA (1997) at Harvard in Environmental Science and Public Policy.