Poverty, by America: A FAN Program with Matthew Desmond, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. author of the new book, Poverty, by America. Prof. Desmond will be interviewed by Reuben Jonathan Miller, Ph.D. This in-person event is free and open to the public. 1.5  CEUs available. Registration is required, do so here!

This event will be recorded but not livestreamed. First 200 attendees will receive a free copy of Poverty, by America

About the Book: The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages? In his new landmark book Poverty, by America, acclaimed social scientist and urban ethnographer Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Those of us who are financially secure exploit the poor, driving down their wages while forcing them to overpay for housing and access to cash and credit. We prioritize the subsidization of our wealth over the alleviation of poverty, designing a welfare state that gives the most to those who need the least. And we stockpile opportunity in exclusive communities, creating zones of concentrated riches alongside those of concentrated despair. Some lives are made small so that others may grow.

About the Author: Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and the founding director of the Eviction Lab. His last book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, among others. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Prof. Desmond is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

About the Interviewer: Reuben Jonathan Miller, Ph.D., an associate professor in the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and the Department of Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity, and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. Prof. Miller is the author of Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, which follows the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. The recipient of many awards, he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2022.

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Edith Abbott Hall, Lobby, 969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Poverty, by America By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593239919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a “provocative and compelling” (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.

“Urgent and accessible . . . Its moral force is a gut punch.”—The New Yorker