Ellen Jane Platts is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology and a Flagship Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include how cultural heritage can be used for solutions to global challenges and for working towards sustainable development, including responses to climate change and efforts to strengthen food security. She specifically researches the use of food and desert farming heritage in sustainable development efforts in the city of Tucson, Arizona, and surrounding area. 

Prior to joining the department, she was the Program Assistant for the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. There, she worked on interdisciplinary projects bringing together scientists, engineers, human rights practitioners, and policymakers. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Human Rights. She received her Master of Applied Anthropology degree from UMD in 2019. 

For the year 2020, Ellen was named a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Fellow with the UMD Global STEWARDS program. 

Areas of Interest

  • cultural heritage
  • heritage landscapes
  • heritage management
  • climate change
  • food security
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Anthropology, University of Chicago
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland
Platts, Ellen
ejplatts [at] umd.edu