Manuel Pastor

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Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He 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. Dr. 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. He has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg Foundations, and grants from the Irvine, Rockefeller, Ford, Hewlett and MacArthur Foundations and The California Endowment; the National Science Foundation; the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, among others.

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