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Caitlin Johnson
Research Project Manager
Phone: (701)231-8343
Email: caitlin.a.johnson@ndsu.edu

Caitlin Johnson is a Research Project Manager at the NDSU Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Caitlin is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the NDSU School of Education majoring in Adult and Occupational Education. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She conducts research and outreach to promote safe and secure transportation, with focus on rural regions and tribal communities.

She has over seven years working in education and indigenous communities with a proficient background in research. As a Ph.D. Candidate, she has a background in coursework regarding mixed methods with knowledge using SPSS software. She has written numerous research papers and reports. As a tribal member of a federally recognized tribe, she has a strong understanding of cultural sensitivity and research with tribal nations. She has made several formal presentations on her research with Autism and Tribal Reservations, which has earned her national attention from the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Her research concentration has been in Indigenous Research Methodology and Critical Theory. She hopes to integrate her research background to assist with UGPTI research projects as they pertain to rural communities and Native American reservations.

Research Interests

  • Tribal Transportation Safety
  • Pedestrian Collisions on Native American Reservations

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Traffic Safety for Small Urban Centers and Rural Areas
  • Local Road Safety and Management
  • Ride-Sourcing


  • 2019-Present, Research Project Manager, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2016-2018, High School English Dept. Head/Teacher, Turtle Mountain Community High School
  • 2015-2017, Founder/CEO, ND AuSome Narratives Educational Program
  • 2014-2016, Graduate Assistant, Diversity Initiatives, North Dakota State University
  • 2012-2014, Retention/Recruitment Technician, Arts & Humanities Adjunct Instructor, Turtle Mountain Community College


  • M.Ed., Education with emphasis in Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, University of Mary, 2018
  • M.P.M., Business Project Management, University of Mary, 2014
  • B.S., English, North Dakota State University, 2012
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