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Poverty, By America

by Matthew Desmond

Poverty, by America, written by Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted, asks why there is so much poverty in the most prosperous nation in the world. The book challenges us to consider how we might build a more just society. It offers new ways to think about this grand challenge, as well as practical solutions that may inspire students to become advocates for change.

Please check back for additional details about when the book will be available on campus. Additional resources will be published soon.

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Meet the First Year Book Committee for Academic Year 2023-2024

The First Year Book is chosen by a committee of University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students representing 10+ disciplines.


  • Imani Agbionu – Undergraduate Studies
  • Sai Harshini Badugu – Undergraduate Student
  • Kelly Biglin – Undergraduate Student
  • Tait Books – Director, Diversity Training & Education, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • James Butler – Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
  • Lawrence Clark – Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
  • Jessica Enoch – Professor, English
  • Virginia Haufler – Associate Professor, Government & Politics
  • Lisa Kiely – Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Ombudsperson
  • Marilee Lindemann – Associate Professor and Executive Director, College Park Scholars
  • Elisabeth Frost Maring – Associate Clinical Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
  • Sydney Neal – Undergraduate Student
  • Ashley Newby – Lecturer and Director, Undergraduate Studies and African American Studies
  • Chinaza Ofor – Undergraduate Student
  • Julie Park – Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Korey Rothman – Director, CIVICUS
Erin Thompson visits the University of Maryland
Erin Thompson, the author of Smashing Statues, the 23-24 First Year Book, visited campus.