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. He is currently at work on Politics for Social Workers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Effecting Change for Columbia University Press.
Ph.D., Political Science, City University of New York
B.S., Community & Human Services, State University of New York
Social Services Planning/Policy
Social Welfare Planning/Policy
ENGL/POLT 595/524: 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 402: Practical Politics
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 595: Policy Research
PS 695: IS/Perspectives on Poverty
PS 701: Senior Seminar Public Service
PS 750: Poverty & Inequality
PS/SW 651/797/897: Spc Top/Pov and Homelessness
SW 840: Race, Culture and Oppression
SW 926: Social Welfare Policy II
UMST 500: Internship
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.