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Martha Matsuoka

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy

Matsuoka '83 focuses her teaching and research on issues such as metropolitan regionalism, sustainable community development, social movements, and environmental justice.


  • Office: Urban & Environmental Policy Institute 201
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  • Phone: (323) 259-2971

Education: A.B., Occidental College; M.C.P., UC Berkeley Ph.D., UCLA

 Her first book, This Could Be the Start of Something Big: Regional Equity and America's Metropolitan Future, co-authored with Manuel Pastor and Chris Benner, was published by Cornell University Press in 2009. She has worked with a wide range of NGOs, including the Green L.A. Coalition, the Environmental Justice Fund, and the Earth Island Institute, and was a founding member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Prior to coming to Occidental, she taught at UCLA (where she was a Perloff and Switzer Fellow) and at UC Berkeley.