Matthew Desmond Evicted

Wednesday, December 09 from 7:00pm to 7:45pm

Join us for a Virginia Festival of the Book virtual event featuring author Matthew Desmond.

This virtual event is a part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, which is free to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register to take part on Zoom here, or simply make plans to watch the livestream on Facebook at

In this virtual event, MacArthur “Genius” and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond will discuss his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond will talk about his work on housing access and affordability as well as broader, longstanding issues of critical importance to the health of our nation: income and housing insecurity. He will be in conversation with Kevin McDonald, UVA’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships.

Desmond’s Eviction Lab at Princeton, launched in 2017, recently released the Eviction Tracking System, which monitors eviction filings in real time across a set of American cities, and, in partnership with Columbia Law School professor Emily Benfer, a policy scorecard for each state, distilling the contents of thousands of newly-released emergency orders, declarations, and legislation into a clear set of critical measures included in, and left out of, state-level pandemic responses related to eviction and housing.

About the Author: Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, is the founder of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, which maintains the first-ever national dataset of evictions in America, collecting millions of data points back to 2000. Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. In 2015, he was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Grant for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.”

About the Moderator: Kevin McDonald is the University of Virginia’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships. He joined UVA after serving as the chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity, and equity at the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri – Columbia.

"After reading Evicted, you’ll realize you cannot have a serious conversation about poverty without talking about housing. You will also have the mad urge to present it into the hands of every elected official you meet. The book is that good, and it’s that unignorable."

—Jennifer Senior, New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016

Evicted Order Form

Shop local and support your community bookstore. Order your copy of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond from New Dominion Bookshop by filling out the contact form below. We will give you a call when your book is ready, and you will be able to pay for your order over the phone at that time. We are currently offering curbside pickup, local delivery (available for free within 8 miles of the shop), and shipping (normal rates apply). We are also open for limited browsing.

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This program is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and their support for the Virginia Humanities initiative, Changing the Narrative Through the Power of Story. For more information and a list of Community Partners, visit the Festival website here.