- Additional Positions at AU
- Department of Public Administration and Policy
- Associate Director, Metropolitan Policy Center
- PhD, sociology, University of Michigan BA, architecture and art history, Rice University
- Michael Bader studies how cities and neighborhoods have evolved since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He links long-term patterns of neighborhood racial change to the ways that race and class influence the housing search process. He has developed methodological tools that combine survey data with “big data” to study neighborhood environments. He is Associate Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center and an affiliate of the Center on Health, Risk, and Society. He has a joint appointment with the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Before joining the faculty of American University, Dr. Bader was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he was also a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics.
PUAD-685 Topics in Policy Analysis/Mgmt: Urban Policy & Community Devel
SOCY-368 The City after Civil Rights
Urban sociology, gentrification and neighborhood change, health inequality, demography
Area of Expertise
Segregation, neighborhood change, racial inequalities, racial health disparities
Michael Bader's primary research focuses on how residents and businesses choose to locate in particular neighborhoods and how these choices lead to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities in Americans' well-being. In particular, he examines the location, causes, and health consequences of urban food deserts, neighborhoods with low accessibility to affordable nutritious food. In addition, he is developing innovative tools to measure the quality of neighborhood environments through the use of Google Street View and advanced statistical techniques. His work appears in top social science and public health journals including the American Journal of Public Health and American Journal of Epidemiologyand Economic Geography and Social Forces.