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Faculty Profile
Ellen White

Ellen  White

Assistant Professor

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203 Marshall Hall

Background and Research Interests

Ellen Oettinger White joins the department from Rutgers University where she completed her PhD at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and received her MLA from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Ellen uses a variety of digital tools as well as qualitative methods to analyze the environmental effects of transportation policy, practice, and infrastructure. She also conducts qualitative research in decision-making and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of transportation, planning, and allied fields. In her current research, she is investigating large-scale roadside tree removal as carried out by state highway agencies. Prior to her MLA and PhD, Ellen received a master’s in urban planning from Harvard. She also practiced as a landscape designer at Arterial Streets in New Jersey and as a transportation planner for Nelson\Nygaard Consulting. She is secretary of the Transportation Research Board’s Landscape and Environmental Design Committee and was a 2021-22 Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellow for Innovation and Leadership.  


Bachelor of Art & Design, North Carolina State University College of Design (2003)

Master of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design (2008)

Master of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2016)

PhD, Planning and Public Policy, Bloustein School of Public Policy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2023)