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Manuel Pastor

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Manuel Pastor

Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California


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Manuel Pastor, PhD, is director of the Equity Research Institute at USC, as well as Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity and the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change. His research has generally focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His latest book is “State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future” (The New Press, 2018). His previous book, “Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas,”  (UC Press, 2015), co-authored with Chris Benner, argues that inequality stunts economic growth and that bringing together equity and growth requires concerted local action. He also co-edited the book, “Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration” with John Mollenkopf (Cornell University Press 2016), which offers a comparative study and detailed analyses of immigrant incorporation efforts across seven different U.S. metro regions. He was the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz. He has received awards from the California Center for Regional Leadership, the Liberty Hill Foundation and The Advancement Project. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


University of Southern California
University Park Campus, JEF102
Los Angeles  California  90089
United States
Office Phone: 
(213) 740-5604


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