Myers-Lipton, Scott

Myers-Lipton, Scott

Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences





Preferred: (408) 924-5761



Social action, poverty and wealth, institutional racism and sexism, community change, and 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. He is the author of five books, including:CHANGE! A Guide to Teaching Social Action (February 2022, Routledge), CHANGE! A Student Guide to Social Action (2018, Routledge), Ending Extreme Inequality: An Economic Bill of Rights Approach to Eliminate Poverty (2015, Routledge), Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Work (2009, Paradigm), Social Solutions to Poverty: America’s Struggle to Build a Just Society (2006, Paradigm). In addition, Dr. Myers-Lipton is the author of the Silicon Valley Pain Index and Racial and Social Justice at San José University. 

Along with his students, Dr. Myers-Lipton 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. In total, he has supported his social action students as they have won 15 campaigns since 2006. In addition, Dr. Myers-Lipton has worked to help students develop solutions to poverty and inequality by taking them to live at homeless shelters, the Navajo and Lakota nations, the US Gulf Coast, and Kingston, Jamaica. 

Dr. Myers-Lipton is the recipient of the Manuel Vega Latino Empowerment Award, San José/Silicon Valley NAACP Social Justice Award, the Elbert Reed Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara County, and the Changer Maker Award from the Silicon Valley Council of Non-Profits.

Dr. Myers-Lipton serves as an Advisory Board Member of the SJSU Human Rights Institute.

He lives with his wife, Diane, in San José. In addition, Scott and Diane are the proprietors of the Sequoia Retreat Center, an event center dedicated to individual and social transformation.