On Leave 2016-17
Matthew Desmond is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Studies. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. Desmond is the author of On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (University of Chicago Press, 2007), which won the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship by the American Sociological Association, as well as of two books on race in America (both with Mustafa Emirbayer):Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and The Racial Order (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). He is the principal investigator of the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, an original survey of tenants in Milwaukee’s low-income private housing sector. His primary research interests include urban sociology, race and ethnicity, poverty, housing, social theory, organizations and work, and ethnography. He is currently writing a book that combines ethnographic fieldwork, an original survey, and documentary analysis to explore the causes, dynamics, and consequences of eviction and, more broadly, to plumb the workings of poor neighborhoods and the low-cost housing market.