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Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor

Sociology
University of Southern California
Fellow, 2021-22

At CASBS, Manuel Pastor will further develop the ideas and rhetoric in a recently released volume, Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (Wiley, 2021). Co-authored with Chris Benner, the book summarizes several decades of collaborative research and offers a fundamental rethinking of economic theory and narrative centered on how mutuality can generate superior economic and environmental outcomes and why we need political movements of solidarity to transform the rules of the current economic game. Recognizing that the world of the public intellectual has changed dramatically – one cannot simply hope that work will work its way into the broader public debate – what Pastor will do at CASBS is further develop the theory in active conversation with other scholars and write a series of popular articles that will focus on policy applications and so allow “solidarity economics” to catch on.

Pastor is an economist by training and is a distinguished professor of sociology at the University of Southern California (USC) and director of USC’s Equity Research Institute. His recent books include South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A. (with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, NYU Press, 2021), and State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future (The New Press, 2018). His work has long been in the lane between activism and the academy; aside from numerous academic awards, such as holding the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, he was honored by the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles as the Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year in 2012 and received the Champion for Equity Award from the Advancement Project in 2017 in recognition of his long history of working directly with community-based organizations and social movement actors.