Elise White is a principal research associate at the Center for Court Innovation, where her work focuses on justice issues related to youth, sex work and human trafficking, alternatives to incarceration, and gender and sexuality. She is currently principal investigator on a federally-funded, multi-site, multi-phase study of risks, needs, and targeted interventions across misdemeanor populations; co-PI on a federally-funded mixed-method study of the characteristics, needs, and trafficking rates of adults who exchange sex for money in New York City; and senior researcher on a comprehensive study examining the impacts of school safety and positive climate and culture in New York City public schools on a range of school safety outcomes, for which she is responsible for the design and analysis of all qualitative research. She was also the primary researcher and author for a mapping of the NYC bail payment process. Prior to this position, she served as deputy director at the Midtown Community Court, where she directed the court’s clinical operations, as well as its research and strategic planning projects; and as the director of youth and community justice at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, where she oversaw court, clinical, and program operations for youth 21 and under, planning projects and new initiatives for young people and the community at large. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.