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UW-Madison alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize

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UW-Madison alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize


A University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Matthew Desmond, who received his doctorate from the campus in 2010, is being honored for his book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” It tells the story of eight Milwaukee families, and their struggles with poverty and a dramatic jump in evictions in the state’s largest city.

Desmond is currently an associate professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University. He also received a MacArthur genius grant in 2015.

Photo: Matthew Desmond speaks to students and faculty during a visit to UW–Madison in November. (Photo: Bryce Richter)


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