Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. Desmond obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2010. After obtaining his Doctorate, Desmond joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He Joined the Princeton University Faculty in July of 2017.
He is the principal investigator of the Eviction Lab. His research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. Desmond is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. In 2016, Politico listed Desmond as one of the “fifty people across the country who are influencing the national political debate.”
Desmond is the author of four books: On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007), Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015), The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015), and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016)--which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He is also the editor of the inaugural issue of RSF: The Russel Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Volumes 1 & 2: Severe Deprivation in America (2015). Desmond is also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.