Manuel Pastor

Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California

Dr. Manuel Pastor is professor of American studies & ethnicity at the University of Southern California and 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 is director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.  He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the California Endowment, the California Air Resources Board, and many others. His most recent book, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, was published by W.W. Norton in 2010 and co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh. His academic work has been published in journals such as the Urban Affairs Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Environment and Planning, and he has been a frequent contributor to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, and San Francisco Chronicle. 

My Content

By Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor

With the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, the American public has become increasingly concerned about the scale and impact of inequality in economic life.

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Traditional economic theory posits a trade-off between fairness and economic growth.  A growing body of literature has countered this notion in the developing-world context, suggesting that more equity can lead to more sustainable growth. Meanwhile, a newer strand of research looking at the U.S. similarly suggests that measures of regional equity or inclusion at a metropolitan level – such as residential integration by race and income as well as overall income equality within that metro – can have a positive effect on regional economic growth. This project will incorporate recent U.S.