|Born||1979 or 1980 (age 38–39)|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.)|
|Awards||Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction (2017)|
|Academic advisors||Mustafa Emirbayer|
Desmond studied as an undergraduate at Arizona State University, serving at the same time as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Tempe. He graduated with B.S. degree, summa cum laude in communications and justice studies. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was formerly the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University.
Desmond was awarded a Harvey Fellowship in 2006 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2015. He won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for his work about poverty, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. His 2017 Pulitzer Prize citation read, "For a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty."
- Desmond, Matthew (2008). On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-14407-8.
- Emirbayer, Mustafa and Matthew Desmond (2009). Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780072970517
- Emirbayer, Mustafa; Desmond, Matthew (2015). The Racial Order. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-25366-4.
- Desmond, Matthew (2016). Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown/Archetype, 2016. ISBN 9780553447446
- Desmond, Matthew (2018). Why Work Doesn’t Work Anymore. New York Times Magazine, Page 36, September 16, 2018.
- Bill Glauber. "'Genius grant' winner Matthew Desmond made in Madison, Milwaukee". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September. 30, 2015.
- Desmond, Matthew (2010). Eviction and the reproduction of urban poverty (PhD). University of Wisconsin-Madison. OCLC 732383033.
- Jennifer Schuessler. "A Harvard Sociologist on Watching Families Lose Their Homes", The New York Times, February 19, 2016.
- "Alumnus Desmond wins Pulitzer Prize for 'Evicted'". news.wisc.edu. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Matthew Desmond". MacArthur Foundation. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "Matthew Desmond | Department of Sociology". Sociology.fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "Strong Pulitzer showing for Harvard". Harvard Gazette. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Mustard Seed Foundation » List of Fellows". Msfdn.org. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
- "Video: 2017 Pulitzer Prize Announcement". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
- Calvin Reid (March 17, 2017). "Louise Erdrich, Matthew Desmond Win 2016 NBCC Awards". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- The Pulitzer Prizes. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (Crown)".
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