Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Wellness Foundation, and many others.
In recent years, his research has focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the U.S., resulting in articles published in Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Regional Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Geography, and elsewhere. His most recent book is Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions (Routledge Press) which was co-authored with Chris Benner. Previous volumes include Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, and Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America, and Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together, a book that has become a standard reference for those looking to link neighborhoods and regions, among others.
Dr. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Business Journal, and Christian Science Monitor. In January 2002 was awarded a Civic Entrepreneur of the Year award from the California Center for Regional Leadership and in 2012 he received the Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award from the Liberty Hill Foundation. He is also a member of the Building Resilient Regions research network sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation.