LP02 Keynote Plenary | Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2021CLC)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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About the Program

Evictions used to be rare. But today, for many poor Americans, eviction has become a way of life. Desmond’s groundbreaking book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City follows tenants and landlords swept up in the process of eviction. Drawing on the urban reportage and original statistical data gathered for the book, his lectures show that eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty and that the face of America’s eviction epidemic belongs to mothers and children. Presenting new insights into the fundamental role housing plays in deepening inequality in America, Desmond affirms the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During professor of sociology at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. He is the founder and principal investigator of Princeton’s Eviction Lab, which collects national data on eviction to help answer fundamental questions about residential instability, forced moves, and poverty. Desmond is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. In addition to New York Times Best Seller, Evicted, Desmond has written three other books, is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Chicago Tribune

This plenary will not be recorded. 


Matthew Desmond Matthew Desmond
Princeton University's Eviction Lab, Princeton, NJ



Cecil Thomas Cecil J. Thomas
CBA President-elect, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Hartford