Using a Sociological Imagination to Understand Evicted

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This lecture on Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was recorded in January 2024. The lecture was designed for students and faculty in the First-Year Studies program. This program, a multidisciplinary introduction to liberal learning, has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum since 1945.

The lecturer, Jesús Gregorio Smith, is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and an Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Andrew W. Mellon Fellow. He received his PhD in Sociology in 2017 from Texas A&M University where he studied the intersections of systemic racism, masculinity, and sexuality and how they influence mental and sexual health. He has published 25 various research pieces, including 14 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in such venues as Archives of Sexual Behavior, Aids & Behavior, and Issues in Race & Society. Jesús coedited a collection of essays through Lexington Books titled Home and Community for Queer Men of Color: The Intersection of Race and Sexuality Currently, he has a book contract with NYU Press for my first sole authored manuscript. Alongside his academic, he has published five op-ed pieces and public sociological works in such venues as Racism Review, Black Perspectives, and Latinx Talk. His research has been featured and his expertise sought after in 10 popular media presses including VICE, The Washington Post, and Rolling Stone Magazine. Similarly, he has given 15 invited talks/seminars/presentations and has won one national research fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty.


Ethnic Studies