Ellen Pader

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Ellen Pader
Associate Professor
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning


319 Design Building


(413) 545-6620

Professor Pader’s research focuses on the cultural, social and political facets of housing policy and design, particularly housing discrimination. She teaches courses on social issues in planning from inter-ethnic and cross-cultural perspectives, including identifying discriminatory practices on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender and class; social change; housing policy and social policy; and critical legal applications to social policy. Professor Pader also teaches qualitative research courses. Her primary fieldwork has been in Mexico and the United States, and her published work has focused on housing policy and design, social and spatial relations, and social theory. 

Research interests: 

cultural, social and political facets of housing policy and design; relation among nutrition, food security, mental and physical health and social participation


Ph.D. in Anthropology: Cambridge University, 1981

Courses taught: 

REGIONPL 577: Urban Policies; REGIONPL 660: Planning with Multiple Publics; REGIONPL 692E: Interpreting Qualitative Research