Faculty & Staff

Ellen A Bruce, JD

Senior Fellow, Gerontology Institute; McCormack Graduate School


photo of Ellen Bruce

Areas of Expertise

Income security, retirement income, older women, aging policy, elder law


JD, Northeastern University School of Law
BA, Wellesley College

Additional Information

Ellen Bruce serves as a senior fellow at the Gerontology Institute and was an associate professor in the Gerontology Department, teaching law and public policy courses in the graduate programs. Her primary areas of interest are income security for older adults, pensions and retirement income, older women, and elder law.

In 1993, she founded the Pension Action Center, which houses the New England Pension Assistance Project, the Illinois Pension Assistance Project, and the National Pension Lawyers Project, and serves as a base for pension and retirement income research. The center brings together services for participants, retirement income research, and policy work. Bruce's work focuses on participant-related problems, including lost pensions, diminishing plan participation and survivor benefits as well as more general research on income security for older adults including the development of the Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index).

Prior to coming to UMass Boston, she was the senior managing attorney of Greater Boston Elderly Legal Services. She has served on many nonprofit boards and is a past president of the national board of the Older Women's League and a past president of Health Law Advocates, a Massachusetts nonprofit, public-interest health care law firm.