Meet the Author: Dr. Matthew Desmond

Date, Location

  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Chenery Auditorium, 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Free event; open to the public. No ticket required.
  • Copies of Evicted will be available for purchase from The Michigan News Agency

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. Evicted won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, National Books Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and the Barnes & Noble’s Discover New Writers Award, and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. It was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. Including it on her personal best-of-the-year list, Jennifer Senior of The New York Times also called it 2016’s most “unignorable” book: “Nothing else this year came close.”


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author 

Matthew Desmond is a Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. In 2015, Desmond was awarded his MacArthur fellowship for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.”

After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016) won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. In addition to the MacArthur Fellowship, he is also the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.”