Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor (immigration)
Associate Director, BRR
Professor, Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Manuel Pastor focuses on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and the economic and social conditions facing low-income urban communities. His most recent book, “Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future” with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh (W.W. Norton 2010), documents the gap between progress in racial attitudes and racial realities, and offers a new set of strategies for both talking about race and achieving racial equity. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment. He served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly, and in January 2002 was awarded a Civic Entrepreneur of the Year award from the California Center for Regional Leadership.

He is author, with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka, of “This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America” (Cornell University Press 2009), “Staircases or Treadmills: Labor Market Intermediaries and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Economy” (Russell Sage 2007, with Chris Benner and Laura Leete), “Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America” (W.W. Norton 2002; with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh), and “Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together”(University of Minnesota Press 2000; with Peter Dreier, Eugene Grigsby, and Marta Lopez-Garza).

He is founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC and is co-director, with Dowell Myers, of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations.