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David L. Imbroscio, Ph.D.

David L. Imbroscio, Ph.D.


  • Professor, Political Science & Public and Urban Affairs
  • Director, Urban and Public Affairs Ph.D. Program



  • First Floor, Room 107
  • Ford Hall, Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-3311

Email Address




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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.

Selected Publications

“Beyond Mobility: The Limits of Liberal Urban Policy,” Journal of Urban Affairs, Volume 34, No. 1: 1-20; 2012.

“Urban Politics: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 35, No. 4: 853-871; 2011 (with Kevin Ward et al.)

Urban America Reconsidered: Alternatives for Governance and Policy, Cornell University Press, 2010.

Keeping It Critical: Resisting the Allure of the Mainstream,” in Jonathan S. Davies and David L. Imbroscio, eds., Critical Urban Studies: New Directions, SUNY press; pp. 89-103. 2010

Urban Politics: Sage Library of Political Science (Four Volume Edited Collection) with Jonathan S. Davies, Sage Publications, 2010; 1624pp.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Maryland [Field: Political Economy]
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Maryland [Field: Public Policy]
  • M.A., Political Science/Public Policy, Ohio State University [Field: Public Policy]
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Ohio State University [Major: Political Science]

Teaching Areas

  • Urban Political Economy
  • Urban Theory
  • Urban Problems and Policy

Research Interests

  • Public Policy
  • Urban Politics
  • Political Economy

Professional Activities

  • 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

Professional Memberships

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