Dr. Manuel Pastor is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities.
His current research culminated in the release of his book, State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future. Other works by Dr. Pastor include: Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas, co-authored with Chris Benner, which argues how inequality stunts economic growth; Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration which he co-edited along with John Mollenkopf; Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, co-authored with Chris Benner;Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future , co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh; This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America, co-authored with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka; along with many other books.
Pastor is the recipient of fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations, and grants from numerous foundation such as the Irvine Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and many others. He also received the Liberty Hill Foundation’s 2012 Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award for social justice research partnerships and the 2017 Champion for Equity Award from the Advancement Project for his work with community-based organizations fighting for social change.