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Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond to discuss his groundbreaking work on eviction and poverty in the U.S., February 7, 2017

Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant winner Matthew Desmond will discuss his award-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 6:00pm, in the Villard Room of Main Building. This lecture is free and open to the public.

In this landmark book Desmond takes the reader into Milwaukee to meet eight families on the edge of eviction. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords. As Desmond lived alongside some of them, he was also conducting a groundbreaking study that collected and analyzed years of novel statistical data about poverty, housing, and displacement. What he found is that for the poorest families in America, eviction has become routine, and its effects are devastating.

The New York Times called Evicted “an exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book—after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.”

Evicted was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, Desmond was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an honor more commonly referred to as the “genius” grant.

Sponsored by the Urban Studies Program and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 26, 2017