Matthew Desmond

Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology
Office of Population Research, Program in Law and Public Affairs
Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy
153 Wallace Hall


For speaking inquiries:
Hannah Scott, Lyceum Agency, [email protected]

For media inquiries:
Penny Simon, Crown Publishing, [email protected]


Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and the principal investigator of The Eviction Lab. 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 multiple books, including Poverty, by America (2023) and 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. 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

Poverty, by America, New York: Crown, 2023

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,  New York: Crown, 2016

The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015

Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer), New York: Norton, 2015

On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters,  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2007

Full publication list available here.