Manuel Pastor 

Distinguished Professor, Sociology | Director, USC Equity Research Institute

mpastor@college.usc.edu
(213) 740‑5604


Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the USC Equity Research Institute (ERI) and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change. 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 culminates in his latest book, State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future.

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Expertise: Election 2016environmental justiceregional inclusioneconomic and social conditions in low-income urban communitiesdemographic changecommunity empowermentsustainable developmentLatinos in the urban U.S.social justice and social change