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Keynote Session

Mark your calendar to hear the Summer Institute keynote speaker on Wednesday, June 19, at 9 a.m. in the Royal Ballroom. Be there!

Dr. Manuel Pastor


Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC) where he directs the USC Equity Research Institute. He is the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC, and holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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. His two most recent books, both published in 2021, are Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (co-authored with Chris Benner) and South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A. (co-authored with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo). A previous book, State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future, came out in 2018 and was lauded in a New York Times review as a “concise, clear and convincing” account of political transformation in the Golden State.

A dedicated public intellectual, he speaks frequently and contributes opinion pieces to a variety of outlets. A member of the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, he previously served on California’s COVID-era Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery and as a Public Member of the state’s Strategic Growth Council. He received the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award in 2012, and the Champion for Equity award from Advancement Project, California in 2017. In 2022, Pastor was elected to the American Academy for the Arts and Sciences for his work in Public Affairs and Public Policy.


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