Myers-Lipton, Scott

Myers-Lipton, Scott

Professor, Sociology & Interdisc Soc Sci





Preferred: (408) 924-5761

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Colorado At Boulder, 1994
  • Master of Arts, Humanities, CSU-San Francisco, 1989


Scott Myers-Lipton is a Professor of Sociology at San José State University, and the author of 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 civic engagement, education, and racism. For the past 20 years, Scott has helped students examine solutions to poverty by taking them to live at homeless shelters, the Navajo and Lakota nations, Kingston, Jamaica and the Gulf Coast. He is also the co-founder of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign, an initiative to develop 100,000 prevailing wage jobs for local and displaced workers to rebuild Gulf Coast infrastructure and restore the coastal environment. Scott 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 Jose. In addition, Scott and Diane are the proprietors of the Sequoia Retreat Center, a meeting space dedicated to individual and social transformation.