Stephen Pimpare

Senior Lecturer of American Politics & Public Policy

Legal Advocacy Minor
Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership, B.A.
UNH Manchester
Office 310


Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy, and has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, CBC, Al Jazeera, PRI, Pacifica Radio, and Democracy Now.

Prior to joining UNH in 2015, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy for the Politics & Society Program and the Social Work Department, 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 newest 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 a consultant on poverty education programming for AmeriCorps VISTA.

Follow Professor Pimpare on Twitter: @stephenpimpare