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Imig pictureDr. Doug Imig

Professor, Political Science

Phone: 901-678-2395

Fax: 901-678-2983


Office location: 427 Clement Hall



About Doug Imig

Professor Doug Imig joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis in 1998. He specializes in public policy and American politics. He is currently focusing on two projects: “Building and Sustaining a Culture of Voice for Children” with the support of The Urban Child Institute. This project will produce reliable information on children’s policy, identify best practices for advocacy and policy change, and share that research with groups interested in improving the condition of children in order to build and sustain a wide-reaching culture of political voice for children. His second project is on “American Social Movements for Children” with support from The William T. Grant Foundation, The Urban Institute, and Grantsmakers for Children, Youth and Families. This project investigates the ways in which children become politically salient in the United States, how activists and advocates respond to political opportunities in their efforts to advance political agendas for children, and how those agendas change over time.


Research Interests

Social movements; Social policy; Community advocacy; Citizen involvement


Teaching Interests

Public policy; American politics



Ph.D. Duke University 1991; M.A. Duke University 1986; BA St. Mary’s College of Maryland 1984


Sample Publications


Doug Imig and Sidney Tarrow, eds. Contentious Europeans: Protest and Politics in an Integrating Europe. 2001. Boulder CO: Rowman and Littlefield Press.

Poverty and Power: The Political Representation of Poor Americans. 1996. Lincoln, Nebraska: The University of Nebraska Press. (Outstanding Book Award, Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights, 1997).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Doug Imig and Frances Breland, “Health and Science,” 2010. A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Modern Age. Joe Hawes and N. Ray Hiner (eds.) Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers. 179-194.

“Finding the European Public in Collective Action, reflections on ‘The Europeanisation of Protests’” 2007. Debating the Democratic Legitimacy of the European Union. Beate Kohler-Koch and Berthold Rittberger (eds). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

“Building a Social Movement for America’s Children” 2006. Journal of Children and Poverty 12(1) 21 – 37.

“Contestation in the Streets: European Protest and the Emerging Euro-politics,” 2004. in G. Marks and M.R. Steenberger (eds.), European Integration and Political Conflict. New York: Cambridge University Press. 216-34.

D.Imig and S. Tarrow. 2003. "Politischer Protest im europaischen Mehrebenensystem" Pp: 121-149 in Jachtenfuchs and Kohler-Koch (eds.). Europaische Integration (2). Opladen: Leske and Budrich.

John Clapp, Doug Imig and Thom Reilly. 2001. “Creating Opportunities for Authentic Citizen Involvement: Neighborhood Services in the Las Vegas Valley,” Journal of Applied Social Sciences Spring/Summer (25.2).



Professor University of Memphis 2004-present; Director of Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis 2000-2004; Associate Professor University of Memphis, Political Science, 1998-2004; Resident Fellow The Urban Child Institute 2005-present; Visiting Scholar Harvard University, Program on Nonviolent Sanctions and Cultural Survival, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1993-95; 1997-98.



 Imig book

Imig, Doug and Sidney Tarrow. Eds. (2001) Contentious Europeans: Protest and Politics in an Emerging Polity. Rowman & Littlefield.

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