Matthew Desmond

Position
Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology Program in Law and Public Affairs
Role
Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Phone
Office
153 Wallace Hall
Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology
University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2010

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Bio/Description

Matthew Desmond is the is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology. 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, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and 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. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, 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."

Selected Publications

Desmond, Matthew, Andrew Papachristos, and David Kirk. “Evidence of the Effect of Police Violence on Citizen Crime Reporting.” American Sociological Review.Data and Code.

Desmond, Matthew, and Nathan Wilmers. “Do the Poor Pay More for Housing? Exploitation, Profit, and Risk in Rental Markets.”American Journal of Sociology American Journal of Sociology 124 (2019): 1090-1124.Print.