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.
DegreesPhD, sociology, University of Michigan
BA, architecture and art history, Rice University
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2011 Reassessing Residential Preferences for Redevelopment Michael D. M. Bader City & Community 10(3): 311-337.
2011 Local Racial Residential Segregation and Low Birthweight in Michigan Cities Michelle L.P. Debbink* and Michael D. M. Bader. American Journal of Public Health 101(9): 1714-1720.
2011 Reconsidering Access: Park Facilities and Neighborhood Disamenities in New York City Christopher Weiss, Marnie Purciel, Michael Bader, James W. Quinn, Gina Lovasi, Kathryn M. Neckerman and Andrew G. Rundle. Journal of Urban Health 88(2): 297-310.
2011 Using Google Street View to Audit Neighborhood Environments Andrew Rundle, Michael D. M. Bader, Catherine Richards*, Kathryn M. Neckerman and Julien O. Teitler. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 40(1): 94-100.
2010 Using Google Earth to Conduct a Neighborhood Audit: Reliability of a Virtual Audit Instrument Philippa Clarke, Jennifer A. Ailshire, Robert Melendez, Michael D. M. Bader and Jeffrey D. Morenoff. Health & Place 16(6): 1224-1229.
2010 Disparities in Neighborhood Food Environments: Implications of Measurement Strategies Michael D. M. Bader, Marnie Purciel, Paulette Yousefzadeh* and Kathryn M. Neckerman. Economic Geography 86(4): 409-430.
2010 Measurement of the Local Food Environment: A Comparison of Existing Data Sources Michael D. M. Bader, Jennifer A. Ailshire*, Jeffrey D. Morenoff and James S. House. American Journal of Epidemiology 171(5): 609-617.
2010 Disparities in the Food Environment of New York City Public Schools Kathryn M. Neckerman, Michael D. M. Bader, Catherine Richards*, Marnie Purciel, James W. Quinn, Julie Simon Thomas*, Caitlin Warbelow*, Christopher Weiss, Gina S. Lovasi and Andrew Rundle. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 39(3): 195-202.
Urban sociology, gentrification and neighborhood change, food deserts, demography
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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