Stephen Pimpare

SENIOR LECTURER
Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Office: Faculty Suite, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101

Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy.

Prior to joining UNH in 2015, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy for the Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and is a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, he served as a senior-level administrator for anti-hunger organizations in New York City, and taught at the City University of New York, NYU, and Columbia University.

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

Professor Pimpare is host of the New Books Network’s Public Policy Channel, a Consulting Editor for the journal Social Work, and founding director of the UNHM Center for Community Engagement and Experiential Learning. His currently at work on Politics for Social Workers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Effecting Change.

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, City University of New York
  • B.S., Community & Human Services, State University of New York

Research Interests

  • American Studies
  • Political Economics/Economy
  • Political History
  • Political Science
  • Social Services Planning/Policy
  • Social Welfare Planning/Policy
  • Social Work
  • Urban Planning/Policy

Courses Taught

  • CA 550: Spc Top/Media & Elections
  • ENGL 595: LitTop/Politics & Literature
  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 500: American Public Policy
  • POLT 507: Politics of Crime and Justice
  • POLT 595: Smart Politics
  • POLT 750: Politics of Poverty
  • PS 501: Social & Political-Econ Theory
  • PS 502: Political Psychology
  • PS 506: Civil Society & Public Policy
  • PS 510: Politics of Food
  • PS 515: NH Politics in Action
  • PS 651: Spc Top/Pov and Homelessness
  • PS 695: IS/Perspectives on Poverty
  • PS 701: Sr Proj & Interdiscpl Sem
  • SW 840: Race, Culture and Oppression
  • SW 926: Social Welfare Policy II
  • UMST 500: Internship

Selected Publications

Pimpare, S. (2017). Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens Down and Out on the Silver Screen. Oxford University Press.

Pimpare, S. (2015). Thirteen Lessons from Fifty Years of Anti-Poverty Policy and Research. Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, 23.

Pimpare, S. (2013). Welfare Reform at 15 and the State of Policy Analysis. Social Work, 58(1), 53-62. doi:10.1093/sw/sws057

Pimpare, S. (2012). The Barricades and the Ivory Tower. Review of Radical Political Economics, 44(4), 504-511. doi:10.1177/0486613412439041

Pimpare, S. (2011). Why No Fire This Time? From the Mass Strike to No Strike. New Labor Forum, 20(1).

Pimpare, S. (2011). Hopeful, Active Realism: A Pedagogy of Critical Social Policy. In Educating for Social Justice Transformative Experiential Learning. Lyceum Books, Incorporated.

Pimpare, S. (2008). A People's History of Poverty in America.

Pimpare, S. (2007). An African American Welfare State. New Political Science, 29(3), 313-331. doi:10.1080/07393140701523643

Pimpare, S. (2007). Toward a New Welfare History. Journal of Policy History, 19(2), 234-252. doi:10.1353/jph.2007.0012

Pimpare, S. (2004). The New Victorians Poverty, Politics, and Propaganda in Two Gilded Ages.