Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Ph.D.

Dr. Stevens, Principal and President of Stevens Historical Research Associates, has worked as a professionally trained historian in environmental litigation and urban planning since 1993.

She has served as an Expert Witness in multiple environmental lawsuits, writing expert reports and testifying on behalf of her clients. Her expertise is in 19th and 20th century land use and water history. Through extensive archival research, Dr. Stevens has uncovered many original documents that have helped clients prove:

  • Historic access rights on federal lands;
  • Historic mining rights;
  • Historic character of watercourses;
  • Historic water use, such as crop types or acreage watered;
  • Culpability in CERCLA negotiations; and
  • Original intent behind contracts and legislation.

Dr. Stevens’ research has been instrumental to many of her clients’ successes.

Dr. Stevens’ work has required extensive research in archives across the U.S. She has wide-ranging experience in the National Archives branches around the country, as well as state, local, and corporate archives. She has performed research and is familiar with the following collections at the National Archives:

U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Bureau of Indian Affairs; U.S. Secretary of the Interior; U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

She has also carried out research in the state archives of Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, and Wyoming, as well as corporate archives in various states.

Dr. Stevens completed her Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of California, Davis. In addition to running her consulting business, she is very active in local land use and other issues. She served for five years on Boise’s Historic Preservation Commission, with three years as its chair, and an additional five years on Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission, with two years as its chair. She teaches classes at Boise State University, and currently serves on the Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Consulting Committee of the National Council on Public History, and the Steering Committee of the Idaho Environmental Forum. One of her essays on the history of urban planning in Portland, Oregon recently appeared in an anthology published by Routledge.

She and her husband John have two children whom they adore and love to take hiking and exploring in the wild lands of Idaho.

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