June 14, 2017
Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future
by Thomas M. Shapiro
Drawing on two sets of interviews with 137 U.S. families of different ethnicities and levels of income over a decade, Toxic Inequality explores the fault lines of race in the landscape of inequality. Making the convincing argument that class must not eclipse race as an explanation of wealth inequality, sociologist Thomas Shapiro explains how the dangerous combination of wealth disparities and racial inequities—what he terms "toxic inequality" — combine to ensnare families in a socio-economic trap.
September 13, 2016
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Through the heartbreaking stories of eight families living in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, Evicted describes the economic hardships and extreme poverty of renting and raising a family on almost nothing. Based on embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, the book helps readers understand what extreme poverty and economic exploitation mean while providing promising ideas for addressing a uniquely American problem.
Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book On the Fire Line, co-author of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant.