Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist and writer, best known for his book 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,' which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2017. His work focuses on poverty, housing insecurity, public policy, and urban sociology. Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University and the recipient of a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship.


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  1. 1. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    This book provides an in-depth look at the housing crisis in America, focusing on eight families in Milwaukee who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. The author explores the role of eviction in perpetuating poverty, illuminating the business of landlords and the harsh reality of tenants in impoverished neighborhoods. The book offers a close examination of the intersection between profit and poverty, revealing how both are intricately linked in the American housing market.