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About Ellen J Pader

Dr. Pader teaches in, and coordinates, the Social, Policy and Community concentration. Her primary area of research is the cultural, social, and political facets of housing policy and design, with particular focus on subtle forms of housing discrimination. She teaches courses on social issues in planning from inter-ethnic, cross-cultural and social justice perspectives, including: identifying discriminatory practices on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender and class; social change; housing policy and social policy. She also teaches qualitative research and interpretation. Dr. Pader has published on housing policy and design, social and spatial relations, and social theory with primary fieldwork in Mexico and the U.S. Drawing on her interest in critical legal theory as it applies to planning, policy and housing discrimination, she directs the joint degree in Planning and Law with Western New England University's School of Law (a five-year program culminating in both a MRP degree from UMass and a Law degree from WNEU). Dr. Pader is a faculty member in the Center for Public Policy and Administration as well as LARP.


Present Associate Professor of Regional Planning/Public Policy and Administration, Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching University of Massachusetts Amherst

Contact Information

115 Gordon Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003

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