Matthew Desmond, author of 'Evicted,' visits UW Law School

Matthew Desmond says eviction isn't just a consequence of poverty but a cause of it — and a growing one.

According to Desmond, who earned a sociology doctorate at UW-Madison, millions of American families face losing their homes every year. His book, 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," follows the stories of eight of them, as they struggle to find affordable housing in Milwaukee.

Desmond was on campus Nov. 1 to deliver a talk on 'Evicted,' the 2016 selection for UW-Madison's common-book program, Go Big Read. Before leaving town, he sat down for a question-and-answer session with Dean Margaret Raymond. They discussed Desmond's writing process, what drew him to the study of eviction, and the role legal practice and policy play in the problem.

Watch their conversation here:

Submitted by Law School News on November 7, 2016

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