About the book: Evicted

Evicted Book Cover

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond is the 2016-17 Go Big Read book. Desmond gives voice to the experiences of families whose lives have been impacted by an increasingly untenable housing situation. The common-reading program aims to engage students, faculty, staff and the entire community around issues that matter from a range of perspectives.

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About the Author: Matthew Desmond

An Evening with Matthew Desmond Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Theater.

Desmond, a UW-Madison alum and recipient of a 2015 MacArthur “Genius” grant, is a sociologist and urban ethnographer who currently serves as Associate Professor in Social Sciences at Harvard University, the Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison.

Author: Matthew Desmond

A message from the Chancellor

Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City as the 2016-17 Go Big Read book. Desmond documents the increasingly frequent experience of housing instability for poor, renting families. Through the interwoven stories of eight families living in Milwaukee, WI, Desmond illustrates the human impacts of a shifting economic and policy landscape.

To learn more, see the official press release.