Stephen Pimpare

Lecturer, American Politics and Public Policy, Politics & Society Program, UNH Manchester
Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow


Stephen Pimpare is a professor of the Master in Public Policy program and a Faculty Fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy. The author of three books and some sixty articles, essays, and reviews on poverty, welfare, and inequality, Prof. Pimpare has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, Democracy Now, and the Leonard Lopate Show, among others; delivered lectures at the Urban Institute, Center for American Progress, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Chicago; and taught courses on American politics, public policy, and the history of social work and social welfare at New York University, Columbia University, City University of New York, and, most recently, UNH. In addition to his work in the traditional classroom, he has designed and taught online courses and seminars on poverty and policy for AmeriCorps*VISTA, the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, and the Simmons School of Social Work. 

His second book, A People's History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association, “for a book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” His most recent book, published in 2017, is Ghettoes, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen, a history of poverty and homelessness in the movies.

Dr. Pimpare previously served as a senior-level administrator of not-for-profit direct service and advocacy organizations addressing issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness throughout New York City. One of the programs he helped to create, One City Café, New York’s first non-profit restaurant, was hailed by the New York Times as “the reinvention of the soup kitchen” and received the Victory Against Hunger Award from the United States Congressional Hunger Center.