Professor, Political Science
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.
Social movements; Social policy; Community advocacy; Citizen involvement
Public policy; American politics
Ph.D. Duke University 1991; M.A. Duke University 1986; BA St. Mary’s College of Maryland
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.
“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.