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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Matthew Desmond On 'Evicted'11:29

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Dr. Matthew Desmond is a sociology professor at Harvard and studies the effects of eviction on low-income families and individuals. (John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
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Dr. Matthew Desmond is a sociology professor at Harvard and studies the effects of eviction on low-income families and individuals. (John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

When describing the reason that the Pulitzer Committee awarded the author Matthew Desmond with a Pulitzer Prize, the committee lauded "A deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty."

In his book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond follows two landlords and eight of the families who rent from them, all of whom are on the edge of eviction.

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Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb associate professor of the social sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. Author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. He tweets @just_shelter.

This segment aired on April 11, 2017.

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