Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City


Join Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Dr. Matthew Desmond and Trinity’s Theologian in Residence, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, as they discuss one of the most devastating crises facing our city and our country: eviction. Their conversation will center on Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which follows eight families as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation, provides fresh ideas for solving this critical problem, and reminds us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Dr. Matthew Desmond is the founder and Principal Investigator of Princeton’s Eviction Lab. Launched in 2017, the Eviction Lab investigates and answers questions about residential instability, forced moves, and poverty in America. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic devastation it brought to millions, the Eviction Lab released the Eviction Tracking System (ETS), which monitors eviction filings in real time across a set of American cities. Desmond was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2015 for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.” In 2018 he received the Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice, awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to authors whose work shines a light on critical social issues. Learn more about Desmond’s work at evictedbook.com and evictionlab.org.

The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is the Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS at Union), as well as the Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street. Douglas is a renowned faith leader and expert on the intersection between the Black church and various social justice and moral issues from voting rights to police reform. Douglas is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Among Douglas’ ground-breaking books is Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God (2015).

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