Myers-Lipton, Scott

Myers-Lipton, Scott

Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences





Preferred: (408) 924-5761



Poverty and wealth, race, community change, service-learning


Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Colorado at Boulder, 1994

Master of Arts, Humanities, San Francisco State University, 1989 


Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton is a Professor of Sociology at San José State University, and is the author of Ending Extreme Inequality: An Economic Bill of Rights Approach to Eliminate Poverty (Paradigm 2015), Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Works (Paradigm 2009) and Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society (Paradigm 2006), as well as numerous scholarly articles on racism, education, and civic engagement.

He co-founded the successful effort to raise the minimum wage in San José from $8 to $10, and the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign, an initiative to develop 100,000 prevailing wage jobs for local and displaced workers after Hurricane Katrina. He has worked to help students develop solutions to poverty by taking them to live at homeless shelters, the Navajo and Lakota nations, the US Gulf Coast, and Kingston, Jamaica.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the National Jobs for All Coalition.

Dr. Myers-Lipton is the recipient of San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP Social Justice Award, the Elbert Reed Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara County, and the Manuel Vega Latino Empowerment Award.  He lives with his wife, Diane, and his two children, Gabriela and Josiah, in San José. In addition, Scott and Diane are the proprietors of the Sequoia Retreat Center, a meeting space dedicated to individual and social transformation.