Carl Gershenson, Ph.D.

Lab Director
Eviction Lab


Harvard University (Ph.D.), University of Chicago (A.B.)

Selected Publications


Graetz, Nick, Carl Gershenson, Peter Hepburn, Sonya R Porter, Danielle H Sandler, Matthew Desmond. 2023. "A comprehensive demographic profile of the US evicted population." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 120(41). 


Gershenson, Carl. Forthcoming. “The Creation of Class Politics in 19th Century America: A Quantitative Analysis of Occupation and Party Identification Among State Legislators.” Social Science History.


Gershenson, Carl. 2019. “Reputation as Organizational Resource: The SEC’s Failed Regulatory Revolution.” Sociological Forum 34(3): 643-663.
Bartley, Tim, Matthew Soener, and Carl Gershenson. 2019. “Power at a Distance: Organizational Power Across Boundaries.” Sociology Compass.
Gershenson, Carl. 2019. “Review of Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development.” Contemporary Sociology 48(3): 324-326.


Levine, Jeremy, Theo Leenman, Carl Gershenson, and David Hureau. 2018. "Political Places: Neighborhood Social Organization and The Ecology of Political Behaviors." Social Science Quarterly 99(1): 201-215.


Desmond, Matthew and Carl Gershenson. 2017. "Who Gets Evicted? Assessing Individual, Neighborhood, and Network Factors." Social Science Research 62: 362-377.


Desmond, Matthew and Carl Gershenson. 2016. "Housing and Employment Insecurity among the Working Poor." Social Problems 63(1):46-67.

Greenberg, Deena, Carl Gershenson, and Matthew Desmond. 2016. "Discrimination in Evictions: Empirical Evidence and Legal Challenges." Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 51(1):115-158.


Gershenson, Carl. 2015. "Protecting Markets from Society: Non-Pecuniary Claims in American Corporate Democracy." Politics & Society 43(1):33-60.

Desmond, Matthew, Carl Gershenson, and Barbara Kiviat. 2015. "Forced Mobility and Residential Instability among Urban Renters." Social Service Review 89(2): 227-262.

Gershenson, Carl and Frank Dobbin. 2015. "Institutions and the Economy," in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Edited by Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.


Levine, Jeremy and Carl Gershenson. 2014. “From Political to Material Inequality: Race, Immigration, and Requests for Public Goods.” Sociological Forum 29(3): 607-627.

Kim, Jibum, Carl Gershenson, Patrick Glaser, Tom W. Smith. 2011. “Trends in Surveys on Surveys.” Public Opinion Quarterly 75(1): 165-191.


Kim, Jibum, Carl Gershenson, Jaeki Jeong, and Tom W. Smith. 2008. “How Americans Think about North Korea: 2000-2007.” Public Opinion Quarterly 72(4): 804-821.