Matt Desmond

Matt Desmond

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Matt Desmond

I was born in San Jose, California but raised in Winslow, Arizona (yes, like that Eagle’s song). I went to college at Arizona State University and worked as a wildland firefighter in the summers. After receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, I joined the Harvard Society of Fellows, as a junior fellow, and the Department of Sociology and Committee on Social Studies, as an assistant professor.

These days, I mostly study urban poverty in American, but I’ve also written on dangerous work, political ideology, race and ethnicity, educational inequality, social theory, housing matters, and ethnography. I’m currently trying to learn new things about poverty, housing, and policy by leading the Milwaukee Area Renters Study lab and writing a book on eviction among poor families.

I like photography, writing, everything outdoors, and spending time with my sons.

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