What I’m Reading: Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond, author of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted, shares three books he highly recommends.

Matthew Desmond What I'm Reading

Matthew Desmond, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and a co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project, has a deep commitment to writing well about social justice and the issues that cause suffering and hardship.

In his latest book, Evicted, Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted shines a light on poverty and economic exploitation in the United States; first exposing the reality of these crises, and then providing fresh ideas for solving some of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems.

Desmond sat down with us and shared three books he loves—fiction and nonfiction—that tell the impactful stories of people facing injustice and struggle. Watch the video below to hear him describe his recommendations and why he finds them so inspiring.

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MATTHEW DESMOND is a former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” grant.