Manuel Pastor

Expert on sustainable development and social, economic and environmental justice in urban areas

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • environmental justice
  • regional inclusion
  • economic and social conditions in low-income urban communities
  • demographic change
  • community empowerment
  • sustainable development
  • Latinos in the urban U.S.
  • economic inequality
  • macroeconomic issues in Latin America
  • economic reform in Cuba and Mexico

Additional Information

  • Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC’s Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Co-author of Staircases or Treadmills: Labor Market Intermediaries and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Economy (2007), Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (2002) and Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together (2000)
  • Investigator or co-investigator in funded research, including “Building Resilient Regions” (MacArthur, 2007-2009); “Just Growth” (Ford Foundation, 2007-2009); “Air Pollution and Environmental Justice” (California Air Resources Board, 2005-2008); and “Building Partnerships to Improve Social, Economic, and Educational Outcomes in Communities across CA” (W.K. Kellogg, 2005-2008)


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