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Michael Bader

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

  • Michael Bader researches cities and ways in which people interact within the built environment. His scholarship centers on racial and economic segregation, neighborhood inequality, and health and nutrition disparities. He’s also interested in social science methodology. Bader is collaborating with colleagues from Columbia University to evaluate the effectiveness of Google Street View as an alternative to costly in-person neighborhood audits. Bader comes to AU from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar since 2009. He will be working with the Center on Health, Risk, and Society within the Department of Sociology.
  • Degrees

    PhD, sociology, University of Michigan
    BA, architecture and art history, Rice University

  • CAS - Sociology
  • Battelle Tompkins - T-15
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forth.   Creating Measures of Theoretically Relevant Neighborhood Attributes at Multiple Spatial ScalesMichael D.M. Bader and Jennifer A. Ailshire. Sociological Methodology.

2013  More Neighborhood Retail Associated with Lower Obesity among New York City Public High School Students. Michael D. M. Bader, Ofira Schwartz-Soicher*, Darby Jack, Christopher Weiss, Catherine Richards*, James W. Quinn, Gina S. Lovasi, Kathryn M. Neckerman and Andrew G. Rundle. Health & Place 23: 104-110.Covered by the New York Post.

2013 nbsp;Length of Residence and Social Integration: The Contingent Effects of Neighborhood Poverty. Danya Keene, Michael Bader and Jennifer Ailshire. Health & Place 21: 171-178.

2013  Associations Between Body Mass Index and Park Proximity, Size, Cleanliness, and Recreational Facilities. Andrew Rundle, James Quinn, Gina Lovasi, Michael D. M. Bader, Paulette Yousefzadeh, Christopher Weiss and Kathryn Neckerman. American Journal of Health Promotion 27(4): 262-269.


Research Interests

Urban sociology, gentrification and neighborhood change, food deserts, demography

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Food deserts, neighborhood demographics, gentrification, racial segregation

Additional Information: 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 Epidemiology and Economic Geography and Social Forces. He has provided commentaries about racial and economic inequalities in health for the Philadelphia Inquirer, on radio, and as a contributor to blogs.

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