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Matthew Desmond, who graduated from ASU with honors from Barrett in 2002 with a bachelor of science degrees in justice studies and communication. He received masters and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2010 he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. As the principle investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. He is a Contributing Writer for The New York Times and in 2016 was listed among the Politico 50 as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.”