Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University. Desmond’s primary teaching and research interests include poverty, housing, urban sociology, race and ethnicity, work, and ethnography. He has written books and articles on educational inequality, dangerous work, political ideology, racial inequality, and the inner-city housing market. Most recently, he has published on eviction and the low-income rental market, network-based survival strategies among the urban poor, the consequences of new crime control policies on inner-city women, an the American housing crisis.

Desmond received B.S. degrees in Communication and Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 2002, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and 2010, respectively.

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Three Questions with Matthew Desmond

Article | Mar 3, 2016

HCEO’s new three-question series will regularly publish quick Q&As with members who will discuss their work, frontiers in the field of inequality that could use more knowledge, and advice for emerging scholars.