Manuel Pastor

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

Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Co-Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)


  • Election 2016
  • 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.
  • social justice and social change

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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