Lowell Lecture

Matthew Desmond: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Date & Time

Sept. 21, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Matthew Desmond

Presenting Organization

Boston College


Current Affairs Humanities Politics

Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data to take us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge of poverty and eviction. Desmond’s work focuses on urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity. He is also the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline (2007), coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant. 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 the Chicago Tribune.