Stephen Pimpare

Office: Department of Business & Public Affairs, 88 Commercial Street, RM 310, 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. He is currently at work on Politics for Social Workers: A Practical 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

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

  • ENGL/POLT 595/524: LitTop/Politics & Literature
  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 500: American Public Policy
  • POLT 595: Smart Politics
  • POLT 750: Politics of Poverty
  • PS 402: Practical Politics
  • PS 501: Social & Political-Econ Theory
  • PS 502: Political Psychology
  • PS 507: Justice Law and Politics
  • 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

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.