Stephen Pimpare

Office: Department of Business & Public Affairs, 88 Commercial Street, RM 310, Manchester, NH 03101

Stephen Pimpare is founder and director of the UNH Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy; he has previously taught at Columbia University, NYU, Simmons University, and the City University of New York. 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.”

Dr. Pimpare previously served as a senior-level administrator of not-for-profit 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 subsequently received the Victory Against Hunger Award from the U.S. Congressional Hunger Center.

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 newest book, Politics for Social Workers: A Practical Guide to Effecting Change, will be published in late 2021 by 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 500: Puzzles in Public Policy
  • 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. (2021). Politics for Social Workers: A Practical Guide to Effecting Change. Columbia University Press. Retrieved from

Mazelis, J. M., & Pimpare, S. (n.d.). Welfare, Race, and the American Imagination. doi:10.1093/obo/9780199756384-0234

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. (2009). Poverty & Inequality. Review of Radical Political Economics, 41(4), 570-576.

Pimpare, S. (2009). The Failures of American Poverty Measures. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 36(1).

Pimpare, S. (2008). The “Vaguest Notion of Poverty” and the Blindness of Welfare State Histories. Journal of Poverty, 12(3), 372-381. doi:10.1080/10875540802198685

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.