Washington, D.C. – Dr. Manuel Pastor, a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and an expert on immigrant integration and the social conditions facing low-income urban communities, has been unanimously elected to the Board of Directors of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the world’s leading nonprofit behavioral and social science research organizations.
“Dr. Pastor’s expertise and his dedication to rigorous research fit perfectly with AIR’s mission of conducting and applying the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation toward improving people’s lives,” said Board Chair Patricia Gurin and AIR President and CEO David Myers in a joint statement. “We value his ideas and insights, and share his proven commitment to helping the disadvantaged.”
At USC, Dr. Pastor directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and is co-director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He also founded the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
His research has been featured in Economic Development Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Urban Affairs, and other publications. His latest book, Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, proposes a framework linking growth and equity in the United States to create a pathway out of economic distress.
Dr. Pastor earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in economics and English literature/creative writing from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit www.air.org.