Manuel was appointed to the Strategic Growth Council by the Senate in January of 2015. He is a Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Dr. Pastor also directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC and co-directs the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. In addition to being a renowned academic and thought-leader, he speaks frequently and has contributed opinion pieces to the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. His research and areas of interest have mostly centered around the issues surrounding the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities and the social movements seeking to change those realities.
Manuel’s work has, no doubt, been influenced and shaped by his own upbringing in working class communities throughout Southern California. Despite being neither encouraged nor expected to go to college – a situation typical for low-income students when he was growing up – he went on to double major in Economics and English Literature/Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This was followed by an MA and PhD in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and academic positions at Occidental College and UC Santa Cruz before coming to USC.
He has authored several books and his latest, “Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions” discusses the link between equity and smart growth and the potential to focus revitalization in all neighborhoods so that residents may have access to safe parks, safe spaces, and good schools.
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