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UW Sociology Department Alumni Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize
Matthew Desmond (PhD 2010) was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category for his book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City." Desmond, now an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, conducted much of the research for this book in Milwaukee while a graduate student at UW-Madison. His work was encouraged and supported by his affiliation with the Center for Demography of Healthy Aging and the Institute for Research on Poverty. Read more...
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