David L. Imbroscio, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science & Urban and Public Affairs; Director, Urban and Public Affairs Ph.D. Program



David Imbroscio is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville, where he currently directs the Ph.D. Program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs.  He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science.  He also holds Master’s degrees in Political Science from Ohio State and the University of Maryland, with specializations in the fields of Public Policy and Political Economy.  He completed his PhD at the University of Maryland, writing his doctoral dissertation under the direction of Stephen L. Elkin and Clarence N. Stone.  He is author or editor of six books, including Urban America Reconsidered: Alternatives for Governance and Policy published by Cornell University Press in 2010.  Other books include Reconstructing City Politics: Alternative Economic Development and Urban Regimes (Sage, 1997), Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (with Thad Williamson and Gar Alperovitz; Routledge, 2002), Theories of Urban Politics, 2nd Edition (edited with Jonathan Davies, Sage, 2009), and Critical Urban Studies: New Directions (also edited with Jonathan Davies, SUNY, 2010).  Professor Imbroscio is also the author or co-author of over 35 scholarly articles or academic book chapters.  He was the winner of the 2011 award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences at the University of Louisville and the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Development. Professor Imbroscio currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Affairs, and is a past member of the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association.

Teaching Areas

Urban Political Economy
Urban Theory
Urban Problems and Policy

Research Areas and Projects

Public Policy
Urban Politics
Political Economy

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association (APSA)
Urban Affairs Association (UAA)
Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society (PEGS)


Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association (2005-2011)
Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Affairs
Referee: Perspectives on Politics, Urban Geography, IJURR, Urban Studies; Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Urban Affairs; Urban Affairs Review; Environment and Planning C; Policy Studies Journal; Economic Development Quarterly; Review of Policy Research; Polity; Publius, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory; Cities