Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor is distinguished professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and as co-director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). The author of State of Resistance (The New Press), he lives in Los Angeles.

News and Reviews


Readers interested in U.S. social and political economy at the state and local levels will find this a deeply engaging look at the sociopolitical landscape of the Golden State, and what it means for the rest of America.

Publishers Weekly

[A] slim, densely packed volume covers a great deal of material, tracing the decline of California’s midcentury prosperity and the state’s eventual rebound from divisive policies and politics.

Kirkus Reviews

Provocative and deftly argued, Pastor’s book reminds us that the future is unwritten and that it always has deep roots in, and connections to, the past.

Manuel Pastor’s State of Resistance Featured on Cover of New York Times Book Review

The April 29 cover issue of the Book Review prominently features a rave review of State of Resistance: Wha


Books by Manuel Pastor

State of Resistance
What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future

Manuel Pastor